Making Memory Loss Support a Part of Your Elderly Care Journey

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Posted: 4/14/2016 7:25 AM by Interim HealthCare

Elderly Care in Ogden UT

Many people think that memory loss is just a part of aging and something that they are going to have to deal with their elderly parent. This, however, is not the case. While it is common for an aging person to have some decline in mental acuity and slower memory recall, memory loss that has extensive negative impact on his life and ability to function are not normal. Not only are these not normal, but they are also not inevitable and not something that you just have to deal with in your elderly care journey.

You can help your parent to support her memory skills and maintain better control over his memory throughout his later years. This not only helps to keep his brain active and functioning, but allows him to preserve as much of his independence as possible.

Making memory loss support a part of your normal elderly care journey is all about finding ways to help your parent hold on to memories or recall them in the course of his normal life. These functional reminders encourage your parent not just to remember things, but to be able to act on them. This prepares him for the possibility that is memory loss will not improve or that it may worsen.

Implementing these changes and techniques early enable him to get used to them so that they are as effective as possible for as long as possible throughout his later years.

Try some of these ways that you can make memory loss support a part of your elderly care journey:

  • Use colors. Colors are familiar and recognizable to most people. Use color as a means of conditioning to help your parent remember things that he should or should not do. For example, put a small piece of red tape on the hot water faucets of all of the sinks. This color will remind him that that is hot water and he should be cautious when using it

  • Use scents. Another powerful form of conditioning for memory triggering is utilizing focused scents during specific activities. The sense of smell is the sense most closely linked to memory, so take advantage of this by structuring your parent's day around scent. Always have coffee brewing when it is time to get up. Use the same scents of bath and body products each time your parent bathes. Burn a certain candle or spray a certain room fragrance when it is time for your parent to take his medication These scents will eventually become reminders themselves so your parent knows what to do and when to do it

  • Use reminders. Write notes and leave them throughout the home. If your parent is uncomfortable or embarrassed, pass it off as reminders for his home care provider. These notes can be labels for what is in each cabinet, a list of phone numbers, or even how to handle tasks such as doing a load of laundry. As the memory loss worsens, make the notes more extensive and detailed.


If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home elderly care in Ogden UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today (801) 206-9366.

 
 Author:

Brenda Funk, CSA, Owner, Interim HealthCare, Ogden, UT

Brenda Funk, owner of Interim HealthCare of Ogden, is an active member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, the world's largest organization dedicated to certifying professionals who serve seniors. Additionally, Brenda holds the designation of Certified Senior Advisor.

"My father recently passed away after fighting Parkinson's disease for over a decade. Although my mother was his primary care giver, the additional in-home support provided by caregivers to her, my father and our family was priceless. We couldn't have managed the difficult journey without their compassionate and professional support. This experience, coupled with my own innate desire to help those in need, has led me to establish the business and join the Interim HealthCare family as a franchisee."

- Brenda Funk, CSA
 

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