When forgetfulness increases in loved ones, an adult child caregiver can help reduce the memory loss. Implementing routines, helping a parent consume healthy meals, relieving emotional stresses, increasing mental stimulation and adjusting medications go a long way in helping a parent’s memory stay alert.
In late-stage dementia, also known as advanced dementia, individuals have significant issues with communication. They may not verbally communicate at all. Memory also worsens, and individuals may not be able to remember what they had for lunch. They might forget family members’ names.
Alzheimer (say: ALTS-hy-mer, ALS-hy-mer, or OLS-hy-mer) disease, which affects some older people, is different from everyday forgetting. It is a condition that permanently affects the brain. Over time, the disease makes it harder to remember even basic stuff, like how to tie a shoe.
Here are steps you can take to help preserve and even improve memory.
Depending on where the damage is in the brain, facial recognition and the ability to recall names, events, and fundamental information can become impaired. Changes in the brain are the most common reason why your loved one doesn’t seem to recognize you.
The 10 warning signs of dementia
The 50% survival time in men was 4.3 years (95% CI, 2.4-6.8 years) in mild dementia, 2.8 years (95% CI, 1.5-3.5 years) in moderate dementia, and 1.4 years (95% CI, 0.7-1.8 years) in severe dementia, and in women, 5.0 years (95% CI, 4.5-6.3 years) in mild dementia, 2.8 years (95% CI, 1.8-3.8 years) in moderate dementia,
Spaced retrieval is a prototype of a simple but effective strategy for everyday remembering. It is a testing-based strategy that has been shown to be highly effective for improving older adults’ remembering, including learning new names (Brédart, 2019).
Reminiscence therapy, recalling events from the past using the senses–objects to touch and hold, smell, hear, and taste–can range from the simple act of conversation in your loved one’s home to a certified therapist using props and clinical methods to help an Alzheimer’s patient retrieve long-ago memories.
Confusion in the elderly patient is usually a symptom of delirium or dementia, but it may also occur in major depression and psychoses. Until another cause is identified, the confused patient should be assumed to have delirium, which is often reversible with treatment of the underlying disorder.
In the earlier stages, memory loss and confusion may be mild. The person with dementia may be aware of — and frustrated by — the changes taking place, such as difficulty recalling recent events, making decisions or processing what was said by others. In the later stages, memory loss becomes far more severe.
Here are 5 simple ways one can help:
Late stage Alzheimer’s sufferers become unable to function and eventually lose control of movement. They need 24-hour care and supervision. They are unable to communicate, even to share that they are in pain, and are more vulnerable to infections, especially pneumonia.