Help from your village in cognitive health, 3 tips for caregivers
“It takes a village.”
It’s a phrase often used when referring to raising children, but it’s also vital once a loved one starts showing signs of cognitive decline or receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Keeping that loved one involved and included in conversations is an important way of helping them maintain their relationships and sense of belonging.
Here are three ways caregivers and their village can help someone living with cognitive decline remain a vital part of conversations and gatherings:
- Don’t interrupt or finish a thought: As someone is telling a story, they may grasp for details or repeat themselves. Allow them space to do so – part of living with cognitive decline is exercising the brain through conversation.
- Minimize distractions: When you’re having a conversation, turn off the TV, radio or any music that may be playing. Allow the focus to be on the conversation.
- Take a break: If frustration creeps in, change the topic in conversation, or suggest a different activity. You can even just lean in for a hug or take their hand. Even small gestures show support.
Free Guide to Cognitive Health
Our team here at Prestige Senior Living Beaverton Hills is here to help. At our website, you can download a free guide to cognitive health, which includes information about different stages of memory loss, advice for those living with cognitive decline and their caregivers, cognitive assessments, and more.
To download our free guide to cognitive health, visit prestigecanhelp.com. For more about our cognitive programming or our community, visit prestigecare.com/BeavertonHills or call us at (503) 520-1350 to schedule your visit.