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A lot of us are dealing with loved ones who are suffering from memory problems, at all different levels, which can be quite hard to negotiate. It's difficult for the person suffering as all they want is to do things as they always have done but when you can't remember if you have done something, you are constantly checking and it becomes very exhausting. I thought I'd share five things that I've found help the situation with people who are starting their memory problems.
One - Keep to a Routine
Keep things simple. Go to the same supermarket for the shopping, it's too confusing giving them too many options. They can learn the layout of the shop which will help to remind them what they need. Keep outings to the same days of the week, giving them a structure to the week.
Two - Write Everything down
Keep a diary or calendar and reinforce what is happening each week by leaving written notes so that they can read them again and again, ticking things off when they are done.
Three - Make sure They Eat and Drink enough
Confusion gets worse if they are hungry, have a cup of tea with a biscuit for a boost.
Four - Be Patient
It can be very difficult when you are blamed for the results of their confusion. You just have to realise that it is an illness and that they are trying to cover up the memory issues or just don't realise they have caused the issue e.g. not remembering where they've put something. There's no point trying to make them realise they were at fault, it just makes it all worse. Grit your teeth, change the subject and it will blow over because they will forget.
Five - Enjoy your time together
Don't forget to make the most of the good times, they are precious moments.
Let's hope medical research progresses to help alleviate some of these difficulties eventually. Do let me know if you have any other tips.
Have a great weekend.