Learning your mother has Alzheimer’s is never easy. I was devastated yet I felt relieved that we had a diagnosis and we could start moving forward with the right help. However, it’s not all about medical care and drugs, I quickly learnt that there were ways I could help and I decided to do as much research as possible to do everything I could to make my mum happy and help her. I found the Internet to be a place full of fantastic ideas, inspiration and it connected me to others going through the same thing.
Amazing Steps Forward with Simple Ideas
One of the things which helped both my Mum and the rest of the family were small activities. There are some fantastic ideas which are only small but can make a world full of difference. The activities will take your mind off what’s happening, and will focus the mind. We spend time together, often taking it in turns with the others in my family and have an enjoyable time. The activities are also designed to help my mums mind, memory and skills and of course help to keep her lively, active and responsive in a positive way.
Some of the ways we helped my mother was to use memory games. We started out with memory cards which were surprisingly similar to some of the cards I had used with my toddler. There were some fantastic cards though which really helped to jog the memory and reinforce what was going on with her such as the 1940’s cards. They were interesting for all of us not just mum, easy to use and very effective. The idea was to spark conversations and memories based on the pictures on the cards. My mum responded really well to lots of them, especially a haircut we saw which had us talking for about forty minutes.
Communication Builders Can Make all the Difference
There are other things to do too such as playing puzzles but the other one I want to really suggest is the use of memory cards. When there are times when my mother seems reluctant to talk to me I pull out a memory book and we flick through the pages. The book helps to break the isolation and helps her to open up to me. They are very simple yet bright, interesting and have the text written in large print. Alzheimer’s and dementia are not easy but small ideas help to break the depression and shine some much needed light on the dark times.
Keeping the mind active with Alzhiemers Activities is an excellent way of building communication and spending time together.