When it comes to taking care of elderly parents, you can encourage them to stay active and boost their physical health with a good diet and medical care. But did you know that you can also contribute to their mental health and wellness?
It’s not uncommon for seniors to start forgetting things as they grow older.
Conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can rob seniors of their memory in dramatic ways, but elderly parents that are fortunate enough to avoid those can still struggle with forgetfulness. Being forgetful can cause seniors to grow frustrated, depressed, and even angry at themselves and others. You, other family members, and elder care aides can all help them reduce forgetfulness and boost their mental capabilities
Here are 12 memory improvement tips that you can implement to help your aging parent function to the best of their abilities:
- Avoid constantly referencing memory loss and forgetfulness, whether in seriousness or in a joking manner.
- Designate a place for frequently lost items, such as a hook by the door for keys and a basket by the recliner for the cell phone.
- Create a schedule that assigns certain activities on the same days each week, such as laundry every Monday and grocery shopping every Friday.
- Keep the pantry and cupboards organized so that food is always in the same spot. Put groceries away in the same location as well.
- Organize the bathroom drawers so that everything is in a proper place.
- Organize clothes in the closet and drawers so that they are in the same spot every time.
- Play memory enhancing games like cards, checkers, and board games.
- Encourage reading, whether it is books, magazines or newspapers.
- Inspire physical activity to increase oxygen and nutrients to the brain.
- Make time for active hobbies like gardening, scrapbooking, or golf.
- Boost their diet with brain food like salmon, blueberries, asparagus, avocados, broccoli and dark chocolate.
- Ensure plenty of water and proper sleep because lack of either can affect short-term memory function.
Many of these tips can be implemented without much effort but they can make a big difference. You can help them get organized and spend more time with them while doing many of the activities, which your elderly parents will love. Not only will these tips help improve their memory, they will create stronger bonds with you, your family members, and your elderly parents.
Aging parents may feel worry or fear when they start to experience forgetfulness because it signals to them that they may be at the start of losing their memory. You, family members, and elder care aides can help reduce their concerns by helping them get organized and also engaging them in memory improvement activities that will combat forgetfulness.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Havana, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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