The process of ageing often comes with some form of mental decline, such as memory loss. The rate at which that mental decline progresses depends on several factors, such as the measures taken to counter that decline. This article discusses some of the things that you can do to slow down the rate at which your elderly parent loses his or her memory.
Get a collection of reading materials, such as novels and short stories, that your elderly parent is interested in. Encourage him or her to read as often as possible. You can read the book aloud and discuss its contents with your parent if he or she is unable to read on his or her own. Reading helps to keep the brain alert because one is involved in predicting or responding to the events in the story.
Play Board Games
Board games, such as chess and Scrabble, can also be helpful in preventing your elderly parent from losing his or her memory quickly. Board games require different forms of critical thinking. For example, one needs to think hard in order to form words from the letter tiles used when playing Scrabble. Engaging in those games will therefore keep the elderly parent alert mentally because the brain will always be exercised during those games.
Dancing is a fun activity that can produce cognitive health dividends because one needs to concentrate and remember the different steps required in a particular type of dance, such as the waltz. Just remember that many elderly people have some form of mobility challenge. Avoid making your parent overexert themselves or engage in dance that is too intensive. You don't want them straining themselves or slipping and falling.
Play Musical Instruments
You should also encourage your elderly parent to continue playing his or her favourite musical instrument, such as the piano. Try to get him or her to learn how to play a musical instrument if he or she doesn't know how to play any instrument. Musical instruments are mentally and physically stimulating. Consequently, mental and physical decline can be slowed down by this activity.
Don't resign to the fact that your elderly parent is losing his or her memory. Use the proactive suggestions above to stem the progression of that condition. You will then have the satisfaction of knowing that you did something to help your parent retain his or her mental abilities for a longer time.
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24 January 2018
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