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Tips on Caring for Seniors With Memory Loss

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Caring for a loved one with memory loss can be an extremely rewarding experience. Whether their condition is caused by dementia, Alzheimer’s, or any other kind of memory impairment, memory loss can create some significant changes in your loved one’s life. Fortunately, by learning more, you can take active steps to improve your loved one’s quality of life. So, how do you care for a loved one with memory loss?

When any kind of memory impairment is present, it’s essential to practice patience. Then, it’s time to discuss memory care with your loved one. This way, they can receive professional care from a team of experienced and supportive caregivers to get the care they need. Your loved one deserves a high quality of life, and memory care is often the right approach.

Recognizing the Signs of Memory Loss

Our bodies undergo many changes as we age, and the brain is no exception. Often, age brings about a certain degree of forgetfulness—but don’t worry, this is normal! Usually, this is easily manageable; a person living with age-related forgetfulness may just need a hand here and there with complicated tasks.

However, when a loved one’s memory loss starts to affect their daily life and interfere with their ability to stay independent, it could be a sign of something more developing. Conditions like dementia can be subtle and often showcase similar signs to normal forgetfulness. This is why it’s essential to learn the signs of significant memory loss; this way, you can intervene and get a loved one the help they need. Signs may include:

  • Repeating questions or statements
  • Difficulty remembering recent events or conversations
  • Confusion about times and places
  • Struggling with everyday tasks that require planning or problem-solving
  • Showing poor judgment or decision-making
  • Withdrawing from social activities or hobbies they once enjoyed
  • Changes in mood or behavior, such as increased irritability or aggression

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to visit a healthcare professional to get a proper diagnosis for your loved one’s condition. Then, it’s time to consider memory care.

What Is Memory Care?

Imagine a senior living community designed solely to cater to the needs of older adults living with memory impairment and cognitive decline. Memory care is a specialized type of senior living dedicated to those living with these conditions.

In memory care, the whole of the community is tailored towards meeting your loved one’s needs. With a team of trained caregivers experienced in supporting older adults with memory impairment, memory care offers plenty of benefits, including:

  • A personalized care plan
  • A secure environment to prevent wandering
  • 24/7 supervision and assistance
  • Staff trained in dementia care
  • Engaging activities designed to stimulate cognitive function

When Is It Time for Memory Care?

So, how can you recognize that it’s time for a loved one to transition to memory care? It can be difficult to tell whether they’re experiencing age-related memory loss or something more serious, so what should you look out for?

Keep an eye out for the following:

  • They’re at an increased risk of harm
  • They have escalating care needs
  • They’re experiencing isolation 
  • They need help with daily tasks
  • You’re experiencing caregiver burnout

If unsure, talk to a healthcare professional or contact a memory care community near you.

How to Talk to a Loved One About Memory Care

Discussing memory care can be a sensitive topic—especially when convincing a loved one that it’s okay to ask for help. It can help to try the following:

  • Make sure the environment is comfortable and well-lit, and try to minimize any distractions in the area
  • Use “I” statements to express your concern for your loved one
  • Focus on the benefits of memory care, like the exciting activities and professional care
  • Be patient, and listen to any concerns or questions
  • Involve other loved ones, like your family and friends

This is a process, so it may take some time for your loved one to come around. Be patient and understanding—a move can be a significant change, and your loved one may need time to think it over. Just try to be supportive, kind, and loving! After all, you want what’s best for them.

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Memory Care in Tennessee

If you have a loved one showcasing signs of memory loss, contact our team at The Villages of Murfreesboro. Our team is here to help you and your family. Book a tour with us today, and let’s work together to give your loved one the care they need in an environment that truly feels like home.

Sue Hall

Written by Sue Hall

Sue has been in healthcare for over 30 years as a nurse, consultant, and administrator. Through the years, she has always felt her calling was with seniors, and she feels at home at The Villages of Murfreesboro. Sue serves on the board of the Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes.

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