Posted on Aug 14, 2013
A Walk Down School’s Memory Lane and Care for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Sufferers
It’s back to school season and for many families that means purchasing supplies and new clothes. Gathering school supplies and mentally preparing for the start of daily routine is very important to successfully kick off the new school year. Cooler weather is approaching, the leaves on the trees have a hint of starting to change color, and warmer clothes are on display in stores.
Going to school is something the vast majority has in common. Walking into class for the first time with your backpack strapped on and your bagged lunch in hand is a memory that you share with many. This includes your aging loved one. Have you ever asked your senior about their favorite school memories? Why not start today? Discussing school memories can help your aging loved one remember their school days as well as the lessons they learned back in the day.
There are many memories associated with time spent in school. Probably because we were shaped in our school years to be the person we are today. You may want to ask your senior loved one about their favorite class in school. What were their favorite subjects in school? If they say they liked science, try to incorporating cooking with science. Perhaps they were very interested in math. You could pull out some games they used to enjoy or a simple card game like War. If your senior loved one was an English fan, you could bring them a diary to write in and share their stories. Maybe you could pick up a new book for the both of you to read and discuss like you are in your own private book club. There might even be some local book clubs in your community that you could join together.
When asked, a lot of people fondly remember a favorite teacher. There was something about that teacher that created a spark inside them to make them eager to learn. Talking about favorite and least favorite teachers can give you a better understanding of how your loved one learns. Perhaps their least favorite teacher never asked questions or was unavailable when help was needed. There are many tips that can be picked up in hearing stories about learning in school.
If your senior loved one was really involved in a particular subject in school and seemed to really enjoy it, ask them about their A+ projects. This will help them remember their proudest memories from school and to boost their confidence to continue learning. Just because your senior loved one is no longer school age does not mean that they have to stop learning. Remind them of the parts of school they enjoyed and aim to find activities that can reinvigorate the part of them that strives to succeed and excel in subjects they love.
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