As we reach older ages in our lives, memory loss can be one of the most difficult realities to deal with. It’s incredibly difficult to forget everything from basic functions to the names of our loved ones, and a big goal of our memory care program at Legacy Retirement Residence of Mesa is helping seniors cope with the challenges of memory loss in a safe and comfortable way. We also provide specialized Alzheimer’s care as part of our assisted living services.
If you’re growing older and worried about memory loss, or already experiencing symptoms, there are some things you can do to help yourself. These aren’t cures to memory loss, but they’ve helped many people stave off the worst parts of it for years in many cases.
Reading is one of the simplest ways to keep the brain engaged and prevent memory loss. It helps with word recall, one of the first signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia, and can prevent the early onset of these conditions in some cases. For many people, reading can also be a valuable social activity – joining a book club or reading in groups is very beneficial to many seniors.
Sounds provide a strong stimulus for memory, especially musical notes. Studies have shown that seniors already experiencing memory loss can actually be “awakened” to certain memories by a familiar song or tune. If you’re attempting this for yourself or with a loved one, know that things like smell, touch and taste can all cause sensory memory recall as well.
Providing a challenge for the brain is a perfect way to keep it from losing some of its function. Anything that stimulates cognitive function is great, provided it isn’t too difficult and doesn’t cause confusion or frustration. Try teaching a loved one struggling with memory loss to cook a new meal, or how to play a new card game.
Down similar lines, puzzles or games can help challenge the brain and keep it active through boosts in cognitive functioning. Group games are another great social outlet, as well.
Legacy Retirement Residence of Mesa is a beautiful, comfortable retirement community for people of all needs. Our memory care services are second to none, and we’re here to answer any further questions you may have.