As your parents grow older, they can become more susceptible to memory issues such as dementia. When this happens, it can be difficult to adjust to the change. Although you want to care for them, it can be difficult to engage them meaningfully in conversation and activities. However, it is not impossible to do so, and you are not alone. Over 50 million people in the world have memory issues such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Read on to find out how memory care can help you and your loved ones.
Understanding Them Deeper
Seniors with memory issues find it difficult to navigate through daily life by themselves. This is because they face difficulty in remembering things, thinking coherently and taking care of themselves. They might even seem like a changed person, as memory issues can cause symptoms of depression and anxiety, and even change a person’s behavior and personality. When caring for senior with memory issues, it’s likely that you’ll have to deal with behavioral problems and communication difficulties. To them, the world around them is scary and every-changing. It is important they you treat them with empathy and compassion, just like any other person.
Calming Environments For a Loved One With Memory Issues
It is important to calm those with memory issues as this allows them to be easier to communicate with. Giving them a structure and routine that they can build around allows them to feel more in control and relaxed.
Providing mental and physical activities in these environments can also improve brain function and calm anxiety. Studies have shown that physical activity can boost brain activity and memory. It improves sleep, enhances mood, and relives stress and anxiety. Regular leisurely activity can go a long way in caring for loved one with memory issues.
Staying active mentally is also important. Studies have shown that participating regularly in socially and mentally stimulating activities such as games, reading and problem solving slows down the advancement of mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
Memory care communities are a popular option for loved ones with memory issues. With specially trained team members and customized programs, these communities provide calming and structured environments to help seniors with memory issues enjoy life while staying safe.
Our SHINE® Memory Care program is an exclusively customized program that uses scientific principles to enhance engagement and quality of life for seniors with memory issues. Our program has also earned a National Certificate of Recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association®, a leading voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care and research.
With dedicated and specially trained team members, we provide long-term care customized to meet the needs of residents through a medical monitoring, assistance with daily activities and a supervised environment. We also provide a range of programs that can help seniors remain mentally and physically active, such as Celebrations Activities and Events and Dimensions Health and Wellness.
From specialized support and care to nutritious meals, your loved ones will receive holistic quality care to keep them meaningfully engaged and filled with purpose. If you’re looking to support your loved ones with the proper care and amenities they deserve, contact us today!