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A Walk Down Memory Lane May Benefit a Senior with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Danbury CT

Alzheimer's CareOne of the most significant signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss. When people hear that a family member, friend, or acquaintance has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, they often think about what it’s going to be like in the future when that elderly individual no longer recognizes the people around them.

Yes, memory loss is significant.

Around the time of diagnosis, most seniors may still be able to maintain their lives on their own, perhaps only needing a few reminders. In those earlier stages of the disease, the memory loss will be relatively minor, comparatively speaking to what is to come, but it will begin to impact daily life.

Some of that memory loss could include forgetting about appointments, having difficulty remembering conversations they had the previous day, and more.

There has been a lot of research conducted through the years regarding Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and there are some indications that memory can actually be strengthened through mental stimulation.

Staying mentally stimulated can possibly reduce the risk of developing certain types of dementia.

If a person has been diagnosed with dementia, there’s nothing they can do to prevent it. At the moment, there is no cure for this disease and the average life expectancy upon diagnosis is between 8 and 10 years. However, if that senior is determined to delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss and possibly even strengthen their memory now, they need to be dedicated to mental stimulation.

How to stimulate the mind.

There are many ways to stay mentally stimulated and active. One of them is by talking about old memories. Taking a walk down memory lane can be a lot of fun. It can provide family members and friends a lot of insight and information into the elderly persons past.

When a senior begins looking at old photo albums, newspaper clippings, or even old movies, it can bring back a lot of memories they hadn’t thought about in years. Some of those memories can lead to other memories and it can feel like a flood of emotions all coming back at once.

Most of these old memories are actually stored on the subconscious level of the mind. They can only be accessed when the brain wavelengths shift to those through which old memories are stored. One memory can trigger another and what’s happening at that moment is a strengthening of the neural network. The stronger the neural network is, the more it can help the individual maintain a stronger short-term memory and stay lucid, possibly, for a longer period of time in the future.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Danbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.

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Jim Crossett

Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend our warmest welcome to you and your family as you search for the best home care services for your loved one in need.

I am Jim Crossett, president of SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, Connecticut. From our conveniently located office, we serve the residents of Fairfield County including the areas of Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, New Milford and Southbury.

As you begin your selection process for the perfect living assistance for you senior family member, you are joining the ranks of many concerned children searching for non-medical in-home help. The Danbury area is home to many senior citizens and their families who are looking for a method of care that allows them to stay in the comfort of their residence. Your elderly loved one means a great deal to you and you will not be satisfied with anything but the best for them. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we go beyond your expectations and exceed the high standards you have set for their proper care.