Although the safest option is to avoid in-person gatherings due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, there are many benefits to using technology to help your loved one reminisce over past holiday memories.
If your loved one is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s and in a memory care facility, these memory care practices may be needed to get them more involved.
What is Memory Care?
Memory care provides intensive, specialized care for people with memory issues. Many nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities have created specialized memory care units to help individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
The Benefits of Reliving Holiday Memories
Nearly 9% of American adults aged 65 and older meet criteria for dementia. Through the process of reminiscence therapy, seniors are encouraged to discuss happy memories from their past with family members to engage the mind. Making the holidays the perfect time for these activities.
How Technology is Saving Seniors With Memory Loss
Technology will play an important role in communicating with your loved one and using reminiscence therapy. Arranging a video call through Zoom or Skype can allow everyone to gather virtually while keeping everyone safe.
Remember to be patient, not interrupt or correct, and give the person time to finish their thoughts. Slow down and take time exploring past holiday memories. With the help of facility managers and skilled nurses, your family can enjoy making new memories while reliving old ones.
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Our memory care services are designed to engage the mind of seniors with dementia in a safe and healthy environment. To achieve this, we focus on three aspects of care: diet, customized medications, and effective care techniques. Contact us today and learn why we’re Southern California’s rehabilitation center of choice in Santa Ana.