Posted on May 02, 2013
Helping Loved Ones Remember with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care
Helping Loves Ones Remember with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care from Senior Helpers of Madison, Middleton, Monona, Sun Prairie, and Waunakee, Wisconsin. Call 608-729-5365 today.
If you are the primary caregiver for an elderly loved one who may have difficulties with memory loss, you may be searching for ways to help them to remember. Some ways to help loved ones remember is to create a memory scrapbook with them. Help them to gather up pictures of their family and friends and the good times they’ve shared. Depending on how severe the memory loss is, helping to create a scrapbook may help a loved one to remember their past. Encourage your loved one to talk about these photographs and newspaper clippings, but if signs of frustration pop up, try not to push them to talk or you risk causing distress. In most cases, even if your loved one is struggling to remember someone’s name, chances are she does recognize their face and knows you are familiar and safe people.
When it comes to helping a loved one remember their past, bringing up memories can be as simple as asking a loved one to tell a story or as detailed as showing a homemade slideshow on your computer. It’s important to remember that the extent of helping a loved one to remember their past greatly depends on each individual. Memories can be brought back by watching favorite old movies or listening to a song by one of their beloved musicians. Music is an excellent way to jog a memory. It may be surprising that many people with dementia are able to remember the words to songs they sang in their younger days, even in the later stages of the disease. Usually pictures or videos are great at waking up lost memories. Old family photo albums can often bring back memories you thought may have been lost forever.
If you are involved in the care of a loved one coping with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you may wonder how you can help them to remember their past. Caring for a loved one coping with Alzheimer’s disease can get complicated at times. Memories and moods can vary from day to day. Keeping things in view that they cherish and working toward a predictable schedule can help a loved one to feel secure and safe. When your loved one feels safe, they may feel more relaxed and find reminiscing to be a little easier.
Senior Helpers of Madison proudly serves all areas of Madison, Middleton, Monona, Sun Prairie, and Waunakee, Wisconsin. Call 608-729-5365 to learn more about expert Alzheimer’s and dementia care. You can trust that the highly trained experts at Senior Helpers of Madison will be there to guide your loved one through daily routines and help them if they are struggling.