If your senior loved is experiencing memory loss, it can be frustrating to start or sustain a meaningful conversation with him or her. While your ability to engage in meaningful exchanges may change as the condition progresses, there are still effective ways to bond with your senior loved one. North Houston Home Care Assistance suggests trying the following activities.
Look through Older Family Photos
Cognitive decline impacts short-term memory first, so looking through older photos tends to be more effective at sparking memories. After you sense familiarity, use those recollections as a basis to provide current updates on some of the people in the photos.
Cook and Bake Together
Many seniors have favorite family recipes they still enjoy making. Bond with your senior loved one by brushing up on some of those recipes so you can provide a gentle nudge should he or she forget a few ingredients or preparation steps.
Play Memory Stimulation Games
Puzzles and games can help seniors improve problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Research suggests such games may stimulate the brain and help rebuild special connectors responsible for memory retention, possibly resulting in more productive bonding.
Exercise with Your Loved One
Light exercise, such as going for a casual walk around the block, releases endorphins. These so-called “mood-enhancing chemicals” can help with mental perception and concentration to make it easier to have meaningful conversations with your senior loved one.
Depending on the cause of your loved one’s cognitive decline, his or her doctor may be able to adjust medications or recommend therapies you haven’t yet considered. Regardless of the productivity of your conversations, it’s important to spend time with your loved one on a regular basis and not take any memory lapses personally.
If your senior loved one has dementia, Alzheimer’s, or another form of memory impairment and you could use help meeting his or her care needs, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer Alzheimer’s and dementia care in North Houston, and our caregivers provide safety monitoring, medication reminders, transportation, and help with routine tasks of daily living. Learn more by calling 832-412-1345 and speaking with a friendly Care Manager.