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SENIORS CAN RETAIN A SHARP MEMORY WHETHER LIVING INDEPENDENTLY OR IN ASSISTED LIVING

Here Are Some Ways to Keep Remembering Things

As seniors grow older, they start to notice some changes in their ability to remember things. Maybe, you went to the kitchen, but can’t remember why you went there. Maybe, you can’t recall the name of the person you’ve known forever.

“The fact is the fleeting memory problems seniors experience with age reflects the normal changes in the structure and function of the brain,” said Operations Manager Robert Bicanic of the Northbrook-based Senior Helpers office serving the north and northwest suburbs. “Although these changes can be frustrating, there are various strategies seniors can use to protect and sharpen their minds.”

Here are some strategies you may want to try:

  • Keep learning - Education can challenge your brain with mental exercise. If you are not working part-time, pursue a hobby or learn a new skill- play chess, bridge, write your life study, do a crossword or jigsaw puzzle.

  • Economize your brain use - Take advantage of calendars, planners, maps, shopping lists, file folders and address books. Design a place in your home for your glasses, purse, keys and other items you often use.

  • Repeat what you want to know - When you want to remember something, repeat is out loud or write it down. This reinforces your memory or the connection.

  • Use all your senses - The more senses you use in learning something, the more your brain is involved in retaining the memory. The sense of smell or what you see - a photo for example - can help you remember.

  • Believe in yourself - Forget about the aging myths about getting a failing memory. Stay away from negative stereotypes about aging and memory. People who don’t believe they are in control of their memory function won’t work to maintain or improve their memory skills.

Senior Helpers can help you if you are unsure of the type of health you need. It will assess the situation to help you determine what is best for you. Care can be provided for a few hours a day, all day or on a 24-hour basis.

Senior Helpers can provide light housekeeping, meal preparaton, laundry, help the person bathe, drive to medical appointments and or just be a companion and listen to the client.

Senior Helpers In-Home Caregivers is the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Affiliate Office. For more information call: 847-564-7500, email rbicanic@seniorhelpers.com or contact us.