Memory care is an important issue among older populations, but one of the biggest concerns in this space is something that affects people of all ages. The topic of memory loss can be an uncomfortable one for many families, leading them to put off having that conversation until it’s too late.
It's a common misconception that memory loss is an inevitable part of aging. In fact, many people will enjoy sharp cognition throughout their lives. However, communication can help families make sure they’re prepared if they have to face this reality. Having the conversation early also ensures your family members choices for care and interventions are respected. It’s also important to know as much as possible about memory loss and aging to do what you can to prevent it.
Coping with Memory Loss
For many older adults, memory loss won’t become a reality. However, when that happens to you or your loved one, it’s important to know what to do next. The one commonality among those who suffer from memory loss is that there is no commonality. It can happen to people from all walks of life, no matter how much money you have or how well-educated you are.
It's also important for family members to know what someone suffering from memory loss is going through. When that happens, the simplest things in life become the most pressing. For someone going through this, being treated with dignity and having access to good quality of care are both essential.
How to Prevent Memory Loss
Although there are no guarantees, there are a few things you and your loved ones can do to keep your mind sharp and prevent memory loss. Those include:
- Stay active socially—Studies have shown that those all-too-important human connections are key to keeping your mind active, which also helps keep it sharp.
- Be an active reader—Reading isn’t just a fun activity. It also helps prevent memory loss.
- Participate in hobbies—Activities that help you challenge your brain, such as playing an instrument, will help.
- Engage in physical activity—Cardiovascular and strength-building exercises boost blood flow. Since the brain requires a high level of blood, the more you can improve circulation, the better your mind will be for it.
- Remain on the path of wellness—Keeping your body as healthy as possible on a consistent basis is key to improved mental and physical health at any age.
Overall, staying active and healthy is key to reducing your risks of memory loss as you get older. If a family decides that memory care is necessary, it’s also important to find a center that individualizes care and prioritizes helping clients stay active and healthy. Having a memory care unit that fully understands the cognitive loss from the perspective of the customer is essential.
At Walker Methodist, the memory care unit’s mission is to enhance and enrich the lives of customers. Everything from the high quality of the food they eat to the personalized fitness programs they enjoy each day is geared toward improving that care quality. The goal is to give clients the support necessary to remain independent while also having care available whenever they need it. Making an impact on the lives of older adults is what the Walker Methodist memory care unit feels most passionate about.