What’s the Difference Between Forgetfulness, Memory Loss, and Dementia?

Some minor memory loss may be a normal part of growing older, and people may joke about “senior moments” in conversation. However, there is a point where a normal aging process becomes something more serious as we forget things and memories are lost. Let’s discuss the differences between normal forgetfulness, memory loss, and dementia .

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Preparing for the Progression of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is an unpredictable disease , which makes it difficult to manage. It is also a progressive disease. Caregivers should prepare for the emotional, physical, and financial challenges that can come about when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. For help preparing for the progression of Alzheimer’s, continue reading.

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Brain Games to Staying Sharp

Senior health involves habits and lifestyle practices that can delay cognitive changes associated with aging; one of those is doing things to enhance the function of the brain. Playing games that engage the brain, commonly known as “Brain Games” helps with memory health and is essential for staying sharp as we age.

While Help at Home senior caregivers may involve clients in reminiscing, puzzles and games, all seniors can take part in activities to challenge their brains. These activities may be similar to what Help at Home caregivers may provide for clients as part of senior home health care, helping keep mental agility sharp.

Seniors who want to stay independent for as long as possible should pay special attention to their brain health by staying physically active, having a balanced social life, and adding brains games to their daily routines.

Here are a few of the games found online that can result in better memory.

Briangle

This website, www.briangle.com, is free to use and supports brain health by offering 20,000 activities that are ideal for senior health. There are several riddles and puzzles to choose from that will help improve memory and make the mind sharper by prompting players to match concepts, colors or images.

Writing in the Stars

This can be accessed through the AARP site, www.games.aarp.org, and is great for seniors who enjoy crossword puzzles. Nine words are given to players and six words have to connect to form a star before moving to the next round.

Private Eye

This game helps seniors to pay attention to detail. There are grids with letters and symbols that players must look at closely to identify the items that don’t belong. Find it at http://www.happy-neuron.com/brain-games/attention/private-eye.

Wordle

For this game, players are given six letters and have to create as many words with the letters. This encourages creativity and can even help with reading and writing. See it at www.wordle.com.

We hope you have fun challenging your brain with these! For questions about home health care for seniors in the Florida counties of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties, call Help at Home for an in-home assessment for senior home care for you or your senior family member.

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