Memory loss is one of the first signs often noticed by family members of seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia in Northbrook and the surrounding Northshore area. The early stages of the disease will typically affect short-term memory first, for example, recent conversations they had with a loved one or what they ate for breakfast. However, as the dementia progresses, it will gradually affect long-term memory as well. Cognitive stimulation activities can be beneficial for any client with Alzhiemer’s, especially for those who have difficulty getting out of their home or spend most of their day watching TV.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be very stressful and finding activities for them to do that are within their capabilities can be challenging. Homewatch CareGivers recognizes that name association activities provide cognitive stimulation that can help to slow down memory loss.
Names We Know is an interactive activity that can get your client’s mind working by recalling names of famous people with a given clue. The caregiver starts by giving a first name, such as Richard, and then encourages the client to recall the last name of a famous person with that first name. The client can say Richard Nixon or Richard Gere – it doesn’t matter, as long as they are able to provide you with an answer. Take a minute after they’ve recalled the last name to discuss the famous person they named – this can help you get to know your client and their interests a little better.