Rediscovering memories can help those struggling with age-related issues or memory care conditions remember or enjoy reminiscing about various aspects of their lives. While medical intervention is sometimes necessary, there are plenty of ways to help someone rediscover memories through lifestyle shifts, fun activities and even seemingly mundane tasks like upkeep on living spaces.
There are many benefits to journaling as well as reasons that seniors might want to engage in this time-honored way of detailing personal memories and logging life events. Older adults that want to ensure they can remember some of the most important elements of life might consider journaling as an option, but this habit can also help people deal with anxiety or develop an outlet for creativity.
Forging relationships with family members and friends of all ages is one of the best ways for seniors to remain connected with loved ones. Senior relationships with tweens and teens have two-way benefits. Seniors can offer life guidance and wisdom. Meanwhile, teens keep the older people in their lives apprised of new ways of thinking, trends, and interesting elements of a constantly evolving society. It's true that phone calls with tweens and teens might seem daunting at first. However, we have some tips to make things a bit less awkward.
Wandering is a common behavior for seniors with dementia. Statistics record that one out of six individuals with dementia will wander, and often, it becomes an ongoing issue that happens repeatedly. Seniors are susceptible to becoming lost because they may become further disoriented while wandering. They may be unable to remember their name, current address, or family member's names. It isn't uncommon for a senior in advanced stages of dementia to be unable or unwilling to ask for and accept help due to anxiety and confusion.
Good nutrition is important at any age, but it's especially helpful for preserving cognitive function as you get older. At Autumn View Gardens in St. Louis, Missouri, we strive to help residents get all the nutrients they need without sacrificing their favorite foods. To keep your mind sharp, incorporate these six nutritious foods into your diet.
The COVID-19 pandemic put a huge damper on visitations with older family members, and if your loved one is in an assisted living community with memory care options, you may not have been able to see them regularly. But even before that, family that lived far away may have found that phone calls helped them keep in touch with senior loved ones when distance made in-person visiting less of an option.
One of the benefits of choosing an assisted living lifestyle is that you have more free time. And this free time can let you start working on all the creative projects you couldn’t do in the past. However, you might find that when you have so much time, it can be difficult to know where to start. So we’ve put together four tips to help you achieve your creative goals.
Photographs can be a great tool when you're dealing with memory care issues. That's true whether someone is still living fairly independently in the early stages of a diagnosis or they require a higher level of professional care. Find out more about how you can use photographs with your older loved one and support memory care professionals in doing the same below.
If you have a family member diagnosed with memory issues, it can be common for there to be feelings of anxiety. This is true for the person diagnosed as well as their loved ones. This new diagnosis can come with many questions, including what the best long-term living situation is. People with memory diagnoses can still live long, fulfilled lives. Choosing an assisted living community with a memory care level of service can actually help make this a reality. Here are just some of the reasons families dealing with dementia or other memory-related diagnoses may want to choose assisted living.
To quote the famed American poet W. H. Auden, "A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language". The same can be true for those who enjoy reading poetry. Art is often a reflection of the mind of its creator, and one's poetry is representative of an attitude or perspective that's worth exploring. For senior bookworms looking to find a new writer to add to their collection or older adults just getting into reading poetry, here are four poets you might want to enjoy in your assisted living apartment this year.