Memory loss can be a difficult and disruptive condition for seniors and families, but there are many ways to keep the mind active and help a senior loved one manage his or her condition. Learn more about helping your loved one live comfortably despite memory loss by checking out the information below.
Use Memory Aids
To-do lists, step-by-step instructions, and even signs placed around the house can help seniors coping with memory loss live more independently. Label what’s inside cabinets and drawers with pictures or lists affixed to the outside. Mark hot water taps, stairs, and other dangers with large, colorful signs. Additionally, encourage seniors to play games, complete puzzles, and take up crafts to help sharpen their memory.
Keep Duplicates of Important Items
Keeping extra eyeglasses, keys, medications, and lists with phone numbers in multiple locations around the home makes it less likely that these items can be lost or forgotten. Also, keep a copy of all important information, including prescriptions and physicians’ contact information, and items such as keys in your own home so they can be replaced if lost.
Limit Chances for Lost Items
“Everything in its place” is a good mantra for seniors suffering from memory loss. Label the places where items should be stored so they are less likely to become misplaced. Keep jewelry and cash in one location and emphasize the importance of putting things away to avoid losing them and causing frustration.
Establish a Routine
Routines offer one of the best ways to help seniors deal with memory loss. Elderly individuals can benefit from a more structured day, especially at an assisted living facility where meals and activities are scheduled and predictable. Eating, exercising, bathing, and sleeping at the same times every day helps seniors stay active and constructive.
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