What is memory loss
Memory loss is unusual forgetfulness. You may not be able to remember new events, recall one or more memories of the past, or both. The memory loss may be for a short time and then resolve. Or, it may not go away, and, depending on the cause, it can get worse over time.
Caring for a loved one with memory loss is not that easy. And there are several challenges associated with it. There are various diseases that affect the cognitive ability. Individuals above the age of 50 years also suffer from age-related memory loss. Being affected by memory loss disturbs the life of the concerned individual. They have trouble putting across their thoughts. Communication becomes pretty difficult. Making matters all the more difficult both for you as a caregiver and also your loved one.
The role of caregiving and memory loss
Your role as a caregiver becomes extremely important when it comes to taking care of a loved one with memory loss. It is very important to learn how to speak and listen to a person with memory loss. Being patient is the key, as there are chances of arguments when both of you sit down for communicating. However, the idea is to never get into any argument with a person with memory loss. Because, none of you are going to win, and at the end of it but both of you would feel sad, stressed and depressed. Therefore, in order to maintain harmony, you need to be much more pleasant and nice while talking to your loved one.
Tips for caregivers for talking to a person with memory loss
The following tips will come in handy while dealing with your loved one with memory loss.
- Be calm, composed and have patience while talking to your loved one. Understand that their memory loss is not by choice. But an unavoidable condition that they are suffering from. Being patient is the key to healthy communication.
- Help your loved one to remember important information. Repeating the information often can easily do this.
- Try to avoid asking questions. For example, when they have a relative visiting them. Instead of asking your loved one who the relative is, directly tell them their name and relation. Like, instead of this is Tena; do you remember who she is? You can help them by saying, hey, see Tena, your cousin is here visiting you.
- Do not discuss the condition of your loved one, when everyone is around. They might feel embarrassed and ashamed.
- Don’t expect your loved one to do multitasking. Give them one task at a time and go slow with each task. Your loved one will get confused much quicker when you ask them to quickly perform a particular task.
- Avoid asking too many questions. Give them minimum choices. This will avoid confusion and will give a clear idea as to what the person wants.
- Don’t ask them too many questions; they may get irritated and confused. Ask one question at a time and give them ample time for answering.
- Avoid asking questions that involve “why”. They may not like it always and may also find it difficult to answer.
- Never argue with your loved one. Neither of you is going to win, so always agree to keep the peace.
- If your loved one is searching for words and is unable to express their feelings, help them. You can help them by guessing the words correctly.
- Communicate in simple and short sentences. Avoid using complex and long sentences.
- While talking, make sure your tone is soft and low. In case you talk to them in high pitch tone, chances are that they may think you are angry and mad at them.
- Listen to soft comforting music. People with memory loss; continue to keep their love and memories for music. So, if your relative loved music, then you can encourage them to listen to music.
Dealing with a loved one with memory loss can be a stressful task. Which demands a high level of patience for the caregiver. The above tips for communicating are sure to help the caregivers deliver the best of care when it comes to helping someone with memory loss. Also, a nice product to have around the house will be a memory clock.