Perhaps your mother or father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s recently. Maybe you and the rest of your family had some indication there was an issue and you encouraged her to visit her doctor. You might have worried about Alzheimer’s, especially if there was a history of dealing with this disease in the family. However, at the end of the day, it’s not easy to cope with.
As your mother deals with her emotions and the rest of you also contemplate the situation, encouraging her to do certain activities now may make a difference in the future.
One of those activities is to play strategic or problem-solving games.
How could this possibly help?
There is some research that indicates mental stimulation early on when a person has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia may actually delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss in the future (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation).
The idea is that whenever a person is mentally stimulated, they are activating the neurotransmitters, synopses, and more within the brain. Since the brain is a muscle, just like any other muscle in the body, it needs regular exercise to stay in peak condition. If you didn’t exercise and instead sat on the couch every day of your life and then suddenly expected to be able to perform certain physical tasks that require strength, would you be able to do it?
That’s why it’s so important for people who have been diagnosed with this or any of other form of dementia to be actively mentally engaged in life. The more mentally engaged and stimulated a person is, the greater the benefits.
There are numerous ways to stay mentally stimulated for somebody in their 60s, 70s, or 80s who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Playing strategic thinking games or doing problem-solving puzzles is just one of them. Reading, writing, having conversations, looking through old photo albums, sharing memories, and much more can all do to a similar thing with regard to these benefits.
If your mother or father does not have a lot of support and there aren’t many family or friends living in the area, home care aides can be a valuable asset because they can help them stay mentally stimulated, providing them these incredible benefits that can pay dividends as the disease progresses.
Don’t make the mistake of assuming there is a cure for Alzheimer’s just yet: these problem-solving games and other mentally stimulating activities are only going to delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss for a while; it will still progress.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Upper Darby, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.