It’s a common joke that as people age their memory goes. Many people refer to occasional lapses in memory as “senior moments.” Some memory loss is normal with age, but it can also be a sign of a more serious problem, like dementia. Whether your older family member is simply struggling with senior moments or has been recently diagnosed with dementia, there are ways they can manage memory problems. Below are 5 ways for seniors to deal with memory loss.
#1: Carry a Notebook and Pen
Throughout the day, older adults are likely to come across information they need to remember, like an invitation to coffee, an appointment, or the name of a new acquaintance. Carrying a small notebook and pen with them wherever they go gives them a place to jot down new information that may escape their memory. Appointments and events can later be written down on a wall calendar where they will be easily visible. Other information can be referred back to as needed. If the senior is tech savvy, a smart phone can serve the same purpose.
#2: Exercise More
Being physically active gets blood pumping through the body and increases blood flow to the brain. According to the Mayo Clinic, that might help your aging relative to keep their memory sharp. Older adults should aim for around 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
#3: Get Emotional Support
If memory loss is due to early stage dementia, your aging relative may have difficulty dealing with the emotions related to their condition. If you notice signs of emotional distress or depression, talk to the doctor about their symptoms. There are treatments that can help, including medications and counseling.
#4: Keep Items in the Same Spot
Older adults who lose commonly used items, like keys, might benefit from having a spot they always keep them. Place a bowl or basket near the door they use most often and have them put their keys in it every time they walk in the door. It can also help to keep the house tidy and everything put away in the places they belong.
#5: Involve Senior Care
Senior care can help older adults with memory loss to better deal with it. Senior care providers can remind them where they placed items and when it is time to take medications. Senior care providers can also assist with keeping track of their schedule so that they don’t miss appointments or social engagements.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.