Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 20

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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.
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