5 Tips for Creating Memories with Your Aging Parent

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Making memories together is one of the best parts of being a caregiver for a loved one. When you do things together, both you and your loved one benefit from increasing your bond and decreasing your stress. Make sure to add these five ideas to your future plans to help you and your senior loved one enjoy experiences both of you will remember.

1. Start a New Tradition

Family traditions can be as simple as making cookies together on the holidays or as involved as taking an annual trip to an exotic location. While you and your loved one have shared traditions in the past, creating a new one may jumpstart your loved one’s memory. If your loved one experiences memory loss, keep your new tradition simple and frequent. For instance, you could have a weekly movie night together or make a card each day to share with a friend.

2. Create a Scrapbook

For many seniors, creating memories is easier when they have something tangible that helps them recall events from their past. Take a lot of pictures as you and your loved one do activities, and remember it’s often the simplest things, such as the memory of putting puzzles together, that bring the most joy later on. Once you print the pictures, help your loved one put them in a scrapbook you can refer back to often. 

It’s especially helpful for seniors with dementia to be able to wax nostalgic about the memories they do have because it can alleviate much of the anxiety and frustration that often accompany the condition. For dementia care Huntington families can count on, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our compassionate caregivers use revolutionary memory care programs to help seniors stave off the progression of dementia, and they can also assist with a wide variety of important everyday tasks, including bathing, grooming, exercise, and cooking.

3. Enroll in a Class Together

Your parent has taught you many things throughout the years, and now is your chance to pay him or her back by enrolling in a class together. Whether you take a cooking class or foreign language course, learning something new together is an amazing memory to share. To keep this activity fun, make sure to pick a class your loved one has always wanted to try, and be willing to laugh off mistakes as you work through the learning process. 

Hiring a professional caregiver with expertise in memory-stimulation methods is one of the best things you can do for your loved one. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of at-home care. Huntington families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.

4. Celebrate Special Events

Birthdays, weddings, and baby showers are all important family events that lead to beautiful memories. Make sure your loved one isn’t left out of these celebrations. If your loved one faces challenges with spending time away from home, look for solutions that help him or her attend special events for at least part of the day. For instance, a professional caregiver can come along to help your loved one address incontinence or mobility issues with discretion. Your loved one will cherish the opportunity to be a part of the family’s happiest events, and everyone will form strong memories of their time together.

5. Take a Moment to Enjoy the Little Things

The little moments must also be celebrated. Perhaps your loved one finally managed to button his or her shirt independently after rebuilding hand dexterity in therapy, or you and your loved one may have stumbled upon a new favorite restaurant. Make a big deal of these special little moments so you and your loved one remember how much fun you have day after day.

A compassionate professional caregiver can also provide a great deal of memory stimulation for your loved one. If your senior loved one needs help managing an illness or assistance with daily tasks, make sure you choose a top-rated provider of senior care. Huntington Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life in the golden years. From the mentally stimulating activities in our Cognitive Therapeutics Method to our friendly Care Managers who are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, we offer a wide array of high-quality at-home care services. If you need compassionate, professional care for your loved one, call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (304) 521-2909.