Everyone forgets things from time to time. Temporary memory loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including inattention, stress, tiredness or medication. When memory loss interferes with daily activities, however, it’s important to talk to your doctor to discuss possible causes. Even if it turns out that the memory loss is caused by Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, there are things you or your loved one can do to reduce frustration and maintain independence.
At Daystar Retirement Village, we are hosting a four-week series of workshops on coping with early-stage memory loss starting on Saturday, April 23. The workshops are designed to be attended by people suffering from mild memory loss and a care partner – meaning a spouse, adult child, other relative or friend. During the workshops, participants will learn how to cope with challenges of memory loss. Pre-registration is required. Contact Danielle Rogers, an education and programs specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org (206) 529-3870.
The workshops are being presented by the Alzheimer’s Association with the support of the University of Washington,the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Aging and Long-term Support Administration and Community Living Connections.
If you cannot attend the workshops, here are some tips for coping with memory loss from the Alzheimer’s Association:
- Keep a notebook or large “week-to-view” diary. Write down things you want to remembersuch as names or to-do lists. Keep your diary at the kitchen table or by the phone so you get used to referring to it.
- Label cupboards, closetsand drawers to help you remember where to put things and where to find them later. Another option is to keep frequently used items out in the open where you find easily see them when they’re needed.
- Keep important telephone numbers by the phone.
- Ask your pharmacist about putting your pills in a disposable dosette box, which is labeled with the days of the week.
Along with the above low-tech memory aids, you can also find a growing number of high-tech memory aides for sale online. Some devices to consider include:
- Reminder messages –When you go in or out of the house, a recorded voice reminds you to pick up your keys or lock the front door.
- Calendar clocks –Theseshow the date and the day of the week. Keeping the clock next to a diary or weekly planner can help you orient yourself when checking appointments.
- Locator devices –Thesehelp you find frequently mislaid items, such as keys. You attach a small electronic tag to the item; if you misplace the item, you can click a button on the locator device to make the tag beep.
If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss, call us at Daystar today to find out about the upcoming early-stage memory loss workshops.