18 Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Metro Detroit events. People who can remember the date, day of the week, and be aware of the world around them are more able to handle their day than those who can not. Photographs As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the patient begins to forget family members and friends. Consider creating a photo album of loved ones. Online publishers like snapfish. com and shutterfly.com offer many options for beautiful photo books that are affordable and simple. When going to the hospital, take photos of family. It’s common to lose sense of time and reality when hospitalized, especially in the evening hours, when some patients behave contrary to their nature and become disoriented or hostile. Having familiar items and photos can help you re-orient to time and place. Mental Stimulation Finally, try crossword or Sudoku puzzles. Read books that make you think. Play card games or Scrabble with friends or grandchildren. Discuss the news, or ask others their opinion on a world affair. Get together with other people who are good conversationalists. The more a person with memory issues is engaged with their world, and oriented to it, the healthier they will be mentally. Editorial provided by Sara E. Brown, St. John Providence Health System.