Elderly Care in Houston, TX – Thoughtful Questions to Invoke Happy Memories
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive mental condition effecting millions of people worldwide. This cognitive impairment affects the memory and thinking processes of the brain as well as the person’s mood and behavior. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
A diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s is difficult for the person as well as their family and friends. Family and friends may worry that once this disease progresses, their loved one won’t be the same person, won’t remember them or remember their own history. The experience of some caregivers and Alzheimer’s research has shown that helping people with Alzheimer’s have positive experiences can enhance their quality of life. There tends to be a strong connection between memories and emotions for people with this cognitive disease. If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, there are still lots of ways to connect to them and share special memories.
All it takes to connect with your loved one is by asking the right questions. It can be helpful to be patient and ask your loved one easy, open-ended questions to get the conversation started. Starting a conversation can be done while spending time together, at dinnertime or doing errands together. If your senior loved one becomes confused or frustrated, calmly change the subject and table your questions for another time. Here are some suggestions for memory-invoking questions:
- What was the happiest time in your life?
- How would you like to be remembered?
- Are there things in your life you are grateful for?
- What are some accomplishments you are proud of?
- When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? What were your dreams?
- What did your family do for a living?
- Are there some valuable lessons you learned from your parents or your grandparents?
- What did you and your friends do for fun when you were growing up?
- What were the chores and responsibilities that you had as a child or a young adult?
Just let your senior parent talk, even if they wander off the topic a little. It can also be helpful to show him or her some memorabilia from their past. For example, if your father loved to go fishing, show him a fishing rod or tackle box (preferably his own original if you still have it. If not, obtain another), and ask him to tell you about it. Perhaps your mother loved to do handwork. Show her a piece and ask her to tell you about it. Old family photos also help to spur memories and conversations.
For some extra assistance with everyday tasks to meet your senior parent’s needs, consider hiring elder care services.
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