Posted on Sep 26, 2013
Fun Ways to Remember Special Dates and Dementia and Alzheimers in Home Care
Running around town, trying to keep up with activities for the family can get pretty frantic. It is not unusual for an event to slip a busy person’s mind. Luckily, in this day and age, there are many hi-tech ways to keep on top of special dates and to keep schedules lined up. There are times when even the most organized of schedules can get mixed up.
Now imagine that you are coping with a dementia related disease such as Alzheimer’s. You may have an elderly loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s and they are having a difficult time keeping up with special events in the family and remembering dates like birthdays and anniversaries. Because of this, your loved one probably feels pretty bad when they are late to family get-togethers.
Even with normal aging, remembering birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates can be difficult. We all have so many things going through our brains at once that it’s difficult to remember dates, but these dates can be the best times to help your senior stay more involved and really show their friends and family members that they care.
Here are a few fun ways to help your aging loved one remember those special dates. Some like keeping it old school. With this method, you can simply write down important dates on a paper calendar that hangs in a highly visible spot such as on the refrigerator or near the telephone. Sit down with your aging loved one and make a calendar of these important events. Be sure to include all birthday, anniversaries, weddings and other activities that they would want to remember. This way they will see all the dates at the start of each month. I had a grandmother who wrote out all of her birthday cards at the beginning of each month and sent them out at once. She figured it was best to get a thoughtful card early than not one at all. Her grandchildren surely appreciated that!
Another fun way to help your aging loved one with these special dates is to create pre-written birthday and anniversary cards. After you and your loved one make that calendar, you can pre-write cards so they never have to worry about going out to buy a birthday card at the last minute. There are many craft stores and places like Target or Wal-Mart where you can buy boxes of 10 or more generic birthday cards. Have your loved one sign her name to them, put them in envelopes, ready to go, and at the beginning of each month the correct number of birthday cards can be selected to be mailed out. Simple and efficient.
Technology may be a far-fetched idea for a loved one who has not already had much experience with it. If your loved one has used a smartphone before and is comfortable with it, you can use technology to fill in a special app or the calendar to remind them of these special dates.
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