How to help with memory loss in the elderly

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How to help with memory loss in the elderly
Help your loved one with memory loss. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

One of the negative effects of ageing is memory loss. Senior citizens who have some form of memory loss rely on the care of a loved one to help with daily tasks -- such as cooking, cleaning and even using the bathroom. It can be challenging to help an elderly person with memory loss, but you can do the task successfully with enough patience and understanding.

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    Realise that the elderly person you are taking care of can't control his memory loss. If he asks the same questions over and over such as, "Who are you" or "Where am I," do not become annoyed with him. Avoid focusing on problem behaviours such as aggressiveness or wandering. Instead, praise the elderly person for positive behaviour such as succeeding in a memory game.

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    Establish a routine because those with memory loss respond best if you do activities around the same time frame everyday. For example, if you went on a walk with her the previous morning, try to do it around the same time the next day. Keep items around the house such as cups and dishes in the same places so the elderly person doesn't get confused. Also, take her to the bathroom frequently at the same times every day.

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    Plan stimulating activies throughout the day, such as reading, gardening or walking. If you keep her social life active, she may not feel so isolated and lonely. Invite her family members and friends to the house for a visit. Even though she may not remember them, she will still appreciate spending time with people who care.

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    Play memory games such as Scrabble or Sudoku, to keep the elderly person alert and focused. Encourage him to try new activities such as learning a foreign language or learning how to play a musical instrument. Elderly people can lower their risk of mental decline by challenging their minds every day.

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