Is your elderly loved one more forgetful than usual? Have they already been told they don’t have dementia or a different neurodegenerative condition? If so, the forgetfulness could be due to aging, eating issues, or a range of other things, as well. The good news is that there are some ways to reduce forgetfulness in seniors. If you and your senior need help implementing these healthy habits, home care assistance can be there night or day.
Getting Enough Sleep
Did you know that even senior citizens would get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night? If your elderly loved one isn’t getting this much sleep at least most nights, you should see what you can do to help them do so.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Research shows that eating nutritious food can help memory, concentration, and focus. If you have noticed your elderly loved one is dealing with forgetfulness and they aren’t eating very well, see if you or a home care assistance provider can sit with them to make better meal plans. There are numerous healthy diets such as the DASH and Mediterranean diets that can help improve memory.
Lowering Stress Levels
Is your elderly loved one feeling very stressed? There could be a number of things bringing their stress levels up. The problem is that the body releases stress hormones when under anxiety or stress. This can lead to issues focusing, loss of memory, physical pain, and much more. So, if your elderly loved one is forgetting things and you find out they are under stress, recommend they try relaxation techniques to reduce their stress. Once they do this, it should be much easier for them to focus and remember things.
Develop a Positive Outlook on Life
What does your elderly loved one think about life and this world? If they constantly think negatively, that brings their mood and thought processes down. When this happens, it can lead to stress hormones being increased which can, as noted above, worsen memory and concentration. If this is how your elderly loved one currently looks at things, it would be a good idea to work with them on thinking more positively. They may need therapy or other sources of professional help to change their outlook on life, but once they develop a better mindset, it can make a huge difference in their memory.
Is your elderly loved one really forgetful lately? If so, the tips above can be a great way for them to reduce their forgetfulness and improve their memory and focus. If your elderly loved one tries these things, but their memory just isn’t getting any better, it may be a good idea to have them see their doctor. Even if they were already told they don’t have dementia or any other neurodegenerative condition, there may be something else going on that needs to be addressed.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering home care assistance in Peabody, MA, please contact the caring staff at Nurta Home Healthcare today. (781)-300-7495
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