Mild memory loss is common during the senior years. Although it’s normal to have occasional memory lapses, it’s important to address them before they affect your senior loved one’s quality of life. Figuring out the best ways to help seniors who are becoming increasingly forgetful requires some trial and error, but these strategies can help you start increasing your loved one’s ability to carry out his or her daily activities.
1. Suggest Doing One Thing at a Time
Multitasking is a great way to increase productivity. Yet trying to do more than one thing at a time can create distractions that increase the likelihood of forgetting something important. For instance, your loved one might forget to pay a bill if he or she is trying to talk on the phone while managing his or her finances. Encourage your loved one to slow down and focus on noticing the details of each thing he or she does.
2. Plan Activities that Boost Cognitive Functioning
Seniors with mild memory loss can prevent it from getting worse by exercising their brains. Puzzles, crosswords, and reading are a few activities seniors can do to keep their brains engaged. Arranging for a companion to play games with your loved one can help him or her stay motivated to keep his or her mind active.
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3. Set Up Organizers & Alarms
Organization helps seniors make sense out of the things they do. Your loved one is less likely to forget things such as where he or she left the house keys if he or she always puts them in the same place. Your loved one can use alarms as reminders to do important things during the day. Pill dispensers are effective tools for helping seniors remember to take their medications.
4. Arrange for a Baseline Checkup
Many seniors begin to worry when their forgetfulness increases. You can set your loved one’s mind at ease by taking him or her to the doctor for a checkup. The doctor can use several different types of tests to determine how severe your loved one’s memory loss is right now. The results of these tests can then be used as a baseline to figure out if he or she is experiencing further cognitive decline in the future.
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5. Establish a Routine
Memory lapses also tend to increase when a senior doesn’t have a routine to follow. Routines help seniors automatically remember the things they need to do next. For instance, seniors who always brush their teeth before they go to bed are less likely to forget to do essential parts of their oral hygiene routines.
6. Encourage Healthy Habits
The brain also needs rest, nutrients, and proper blood flow to function at peak capacity. Make sure your loved one eats nutritious meals and exercises each day. Seniors also need to work on getting enough sleep at night. If your loved one faces challenges in any of these areas, arrange for a caregiver to provide support.
There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to address if their families opt for professional senior care. You can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep your loved one safe and comfortable while aging in place. Call Home Care Assistance at (480) 699-4899 to learn more about our flexible and customizable senior care plans.