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Making Memories with a Senior Loved One

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As seniors age, it becomes increasingly important to forge lasting memories. There are many ways to create memories, ranging from bonding activities to reminiscing about the past. Here are some great tips for capturing new memories and recalling old ones.

Spark the Senses

Every day, the human brain stores new memories and discards old ones. The first step in the memory-creation process is known as sensory register, and it refers to the brain’s capacity to gather environmental information. When an activity engages multiple senses at once, it provides the brain with more data, making it more likely to be stored in the long-term memory bank. If you want to make lasting memories, you and your senior loved one should engage in activities that spark the senses. For example, if you bake a family cookie recipe, consider playing your loved one’s favourite album as the smell of freshly baked cookies wafts through the kitchen. 

Hiring a professional carer with expertise in memory-stimulation methods is one of the best things you can do for your loved one. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of at-home care. Sydney families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualised care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.

Share Stories

New memories are forged when new information connects with long-term memories. Many seniors have memory impairment, whether caused by standard ageing or dementia. You can help your loved one cement happy memories by reminiscing about stories from the past. Photo albums are a great way to trigger old memories. Find an album that chronicles your loved one’s younger days, curl up on the sofa, and swap stories about relatives, vacations, and major milestones. Ask other family members to join in so your loved one has a chance to pass his or her stories down to the younger generations. 

It’s especially helpful for seniors with dementia to be able to wax nostalgic about the memories they do have because it can alleviate much of the anxiety and frustration that often accompany the condition. For dementia home care Sydney families can count on, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our compassionate carers use revolutionary memory care programs to help seniors stave off the progression of dementia, and they can also assist with a wide variety of important everyday tasks, including bathing, grooming, exercise, and cooking.

Do Arts and Crafts with the Grandkids

Seniors cherish every moment they get to spend with their grandkids. Make the time together memorable by planning collaborative activities. Craft projects give seniors and their younger relatives a chance to share knowledge and interests. When the project is complete, they’ll have a tangible reminder of the time they spent together.

Play Music

For seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, music is one of the most powerful ways to ignite the memory. Cognitive decline impacts many parts of the brain, but it leaves the areas responsible for musical memories relatively unscathed, which means seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia can find emotional solace in songs and that you should play your loved one’s old favorites when you want to soothe his or her nerves or reminisce about the past. Your loved one may also be able to form new musical memories. To optimise memory making, encourage your loved one to sing along with each song. Vocalisations may cement the new, unique memory in the mind.

Encourage Conversation

When asking seniors about the past, it’s important to set the right conversational tone. If you ask specific questions, such as, “Do you remember when Aunt Sally surprised us at the beach when I was twelve?” your loved one might feel bad if he or she doesn’t remember. Instead of asking questions that draw on specific memories, ask open-ended questions, such as, “Which family vacation was your favourite?” This approach may spark the easy familial conversations that reaffirm old memories and create new ones.

A compassionate professional carer can also provide a great deal of memory stimulation for your loved one. If your senior loved one needs help managing an illness or assistance with daily tasks, make sure you choose a top-rated provider of senior care. Sydney Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life in the golden years. From the mentally stimulating activities in our Cognitive Therapeutics Method to our friendly Care Managers who are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, we offer a wide array of high-quality at-home care services. Reach out to us at Home Care Assistance if you need compassionate, professional care for your loved one. Call one of our dedicated Care Managers today at (02) 9158 3880 to learn about the high quality of our in-home care services

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