10 Memory Tips for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease

March 9, 2016 | By Lorenzo Mejia

Losing your memory due to Alzheimer’s can be scary for both you and your loved ones. As the symptoms progress, it can become more frustrating and overwhelming. Some treatments may help to slow the progression of the disease, but there are some easy strategies that help refresh your memory. These tips can be used throughout your home to make dealing with your disease much easier. The more you do to help yourself, the better off you will be.

Leave notes around the house with reminders for yourself.
Make a list of all your emergency names, numbers and contacts by every phone in the home.
Make sure you have a trusted friend or family member to handle your finances and make sure bills are paid on time. Some banks have special services for individuals with Alzheimer’s.
Label drawers and cabinets so you will be able to find what you are looking for.
Carry a notebook to put important information about your appointments, phone numbers, directions home or addresses.
Carry photos in your purse or wallet of the people you see most so you can remember who they are and their names.
Try to keep doing the things you enjoy, so you can avoid feeling overwhelmed. When you aren’t dependent on others, it can help you relax.
If leaving the home causes you stress, ask someone to go with you when you leave. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it
If you are speaking with someone and you do not understand them, ask them to repeat what they are saying or to talk more slowly. This will be quite a bit of help if you are having trouble keeping up.
Keep an extra set of house keys with a neighbor so if you lose or forget them, it will help you get back into your home.
Call Acorn for screened in home care givers to assist your loved lines in Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and nearby areas.

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