Caring for an elderly loved one is a labor of love, as any adult child knows. But, it becomes a tough situation when a senior loved one begins to lose his or her memory, and often both parties become easily frustrated. However, there are creative ways to continue making lasting memories with senior loved ones experiencing memory loss. Here are a few suggestions from Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care in Scottsdale, AZ.
Find a hobby your loved one can still enjoy doing. Try cooking your loved one’s favorite dish with him or her as stimulating the senses is one of the best things for seniors with memory loss. Also, you could spend time making a scrapbook with old and new photos. The photos can be a reference point for your loved one and help them remember who’s who. The important thing is that you are spending your time with this person and showing them that you value them.
Take a leisurely walk with your loved one, even if it’s just around the block. Walking, like any exercise, releases endorphins, which will help boost your loved one’s mood. Taking a walk at the same time every day will also help your loved one remember the exercise and associate you with it. Sometimes, seniors with memory loss have trouble communicating or following a discussion. Going for a walk outside gives you both easy things to talk about like flowers, trees, interesting houses, or pets you may see on your walk.
Like cooking, gardening can be a great way to engage a senior’s senses and help them recall long-term memories, even if his or her short-term memory isn’t very good anymore. Gardening is also a great way to get fit physical activity into the day, and it will give your senior loved one a sense of purpose.
It’s never easy when a loved one’s memory begins to slip, but focusing on what they can’t remember only makes it worse. Enjoy new (or old) hobbies, and begin to create new memories with your elderly loved one. If you’re concerned about your senior loved one living at home with memory loss, consider a caregiver in Scottsdale. Home Care Assistance has caregivers available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in addition to dementia and Alzheimer’s caregivers trained to promote health, wellness, and safety for your loved one. For more information on caregiving services available near you, call (480) 448-6215 to speak with an experienced Care Manager today.