Helping Loved Ones Remember with In Home Dementia Care
It is believed that the more you use your brain when you are older, the more it may halt the development of memory decline. It can be helpful to keep the library card busy and continue stimulating the brain through reading. Reading regularly, doing quizzes and crosswords are excellent exercises for the brain. Whenever possible, memorize something new like a poem, prayer or scripture by reciting it every morning until you know it by heart. Then start learning a new one.
Many people over the age of sixty experience age-associated memory impairment, but that fact doesn’t necessarily mean that dementia is inevitable. If your senior loved one is simply experiencing forgetfulness due to poor concentration and distractedness, they might benefit from memory aids and helpful hints around the home to help them remember.
As we age, it is common to gradually become more forgetful. Usually forgetfulness is not due to dementia and is simply a symptom of getting older and the things that slip our minds tend to be least important to our day to day life. Special dates like birthdays and anniversaries are usually cemented in our memory but an appointment or lunch date might slip our mind. If your senior loved one is showing more signs of forgetfulness and you also notice a change in personality, language problems and confusion, they might be experiencing early stages of dementia and would benefit from in home help and consistent, high quality support.
Since humans are creatures of habit, an established daily routine will help your senior loved one remember. Suggest they take medications at the same time and place every day. Make a list of instructions for all medications and create a checklist and system that will work to help your loved one remember. Sticky notes are also wonderful reminders if placed in obvious spots like the front of the refrigerator. An extra daily reminder from an alarm on the clock radio or cell phone will also help when all else fails.
Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara understands how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a family member can be. Reliable caregivers provide the full continuum of senior home for an elderly loved one. Senior Helpers provides senior home care placement solutions to clients on a temporary or long term placement basis. Most seniors would agree that aging in the comforts of their own home while receiving the type of senior home care they require would be the best of all options. Senior Helpers helps to keep aging parents and grandparents in the comfort and familiarity of their own home. Experienced, high quality caregivers can provide the same services that are available in an assisted living or nursing facility. From companionship to hygiene assistance and personal services, all senior home care services are available around the clock to meet every client’s individual needs.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home senior care and the many benefits of professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, care for Parkinson’s Disease, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.