October is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and in preparation we’re continuing our memory skills series with another set of strategies to help you keep your memory limber and active. Practicing these memory exercises on a daily basis will not only improve your memory skills, but will encourage you to pay more attention to how often your memory is successful all on its own. When you “catch your memory doing right,” take a moment to celebrate and feel grateful. Memories are precious, even the smallest ones, and the older we get the more we learn never to take them for granted.
When you’re suffering from memory loss, it can be easy to feel helpless. Whether it’s the name of your neighbor’s dog, what you need from the grocery store, or where you went on family vacation when you were 12, it’s disconcerting to forget something you used to recall effortlessly. At Vista Prairie, we know how troubling those moments can feel. We’ve put together a list of strategies you can use to improve your ability to recall information you gather throughout the day.
Alzheimer’s is a complex puzzle that science is still working to solve. The good news, however, is that there are lifestyle changes you can develop to improve cognitive function and decrease your risk of cognitive decline. Some studies swear by the benefit of digital “brain games,” but these are only one piece of the puzzle. The best way to optimize brain function is to practice a diverse set of habits that exercise both hemispheres of your brain in interactive activities.
Caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s can be a long and intense emotional journey. As your loved one slowly loses ability and ability, you gain new responsibilities and obligations that add to your already busy life. Here at Vista Prairie Communities, we know how difficult these times can be, so we’ve put together a list of tips for adult children with parents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
Memory loss for seniors is more than misplacing your keys or forgetting an important item at the grocery store. When seniors suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it’s not just the loss of the practical side of life, it can be the loss of who you as a person. Your memory holds your history, your stories and your experiences and as memory loss occurs, these parts of the memory become fuzzy causing anxiety and frustration.