Stimulating Your Aging Loved One’s Memory
As we age, we all experience some reduction in our cognitive abilities. Despite being common, we can help prevent these small declines in our short memory. Like any muscle, it needs to be exercised.
The following are memory activities that you can use to help elderly loved ones with long-term and short-term memory strengthening:
Sharing stories from your past will help stimulate your loved one’s memories. You can start this activity by opening the dialogue. Think of an that you and your loved one shared together. Make sure that it’s one that you are confident the other individual will remember. Begin to talk about it with an introduction like, “I remember when we. . . ” and continue from there. There is a good chance that this simple conversation starter will help trigger their memories.
Help Them Make a Scrapbook
Working on a scrapbook together offers you both a chance to reminisce about the people and events in the photographs. Besides sparking memories, this should allow you a chance to record, on paper, your loved one’s memories of these events. Include these recorded memories in the scrapbook. They should become a treasured memory for yourself, your siblings and/or your children.