When your loved one is having memory trouble, particularly when due to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it can make him even more agitated and it can lead to larger issues than he was really having in the first place. There are ways that you can make memory easier on him, however, and many of them are portable enough for a pocket.
Make a Master List of Phone Numbers
Whether it’s in your loved one’s cell phone or in a simple list that you slip into his wallet, having a master list of phone numbers is incredibly important. Try to include a small description alongside the number and the name in order to help jog your loved one’s memory. In his cell phone, you may even be able to include a picture in the phone book entry, which can also help a lot when you loved one needs to identify who to call for help.
Carry a Notebook
Notebooks, particularly pocket-sized notebooks, are extremely handy for carrying information that your loved one may need at a moment’s notice. Include sections with personal information, such as his name, address, and your phone number, but you can also make sure to include plenty of space for your loved one to keep his own notes about things, people, and places that he wants to remember.
Carry a Photo Book
Often people with memory issues have a difficult time with words and names but pictures are much easier to work with. Try putting together a portable photo album with pictures that your loved one might need during the day. You might even consider putting together several different photo books depending on particular situations your loved one might be in or outings he may go on.
Focus on Activities Your Loved One Enjoys
The more overwhelmed your loved one is, the more likely he is going to be to experience memory issues and other problems. Try sticking with activities that your loved one already loves, particularly if he’s in an agitated state of mind. Schedule new activities for days and times that he’s more likely to be relaxed and receptive to new events.
Your loved one’s home care providers have more ideas that can help your loved one to feel more comfortable about his memory troubles.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care in Hobe Sound, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.