Memory in a Flash

memory flash cardsIn Los Angeles senior care centers, in senior’s homes and within the senior community, keeping the mind active is an important senior activity. The brain, just like any other part of our body, needs to be exercised to stay in top physical condition.  Many seniors, who once were beyond overloaded with remembering things on a daily basis, find that it not often is they exercising their memory muscle without a conscience effort.  Some flash cards are specifically designed with seniors in mind.  Seniors suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s, who are using these specialized flash cards, may have an increase in memory and brain function.

Why it is important to exercise the mind

  1. Use the memory to keep the mind sharp
  2. Slow down or prevent on-set of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  3. Making the mind a priority, can make it easier on the caregiver
  4. Seniors who are sharp mentally are happier
  5. Sensory, short-term and long-term memory may be retained and sometimes regained

Games for seniors that help the brain are available all over the internet and in book stores. It is something that many caregivers are familiar with.  Helping seniors with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to remember and use daily words for things that they are often asking for will help to curb frustrations and prevent lashing out and other behaviors caused by a senior’s frustration with not being able to remember what they need to be able to communicate their care needs. Repetitive and routine use of memory flash cards will help to keep a senior’s mind sharp and increase the ability to communicate their needs.  Mind strengthens games and exercises have proven to be beneficial in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  These memory flash cards and other mind sharpening activities can also be beneficial to a senior who is not yet suffering from any memory related disease.  As we age, it is just the nature of our lives that we will often not need to use our minds the way we once had.

Our responsibilities may change or be less and that will mean that we are not having a need to remember things or test our memory like we did as younger adults.  Seniors who can easily remember things and use their words in sentences to communicate their needs are happier.  It is frustrating for a senior, when trying to talk to a caregiver, friend, family member or medical professional, when he or she is unable to communicate what is going on with them.  As we age, we may naturally lose our short term memory.  Many of our senior aged loved ones show us this daily.  Retraining and regaining short term memory is not something that will happen instantly. There will be a need to be dedicated to the memory flash cards and repeat nearly daily the mind exercises.  With the appropriate amount of patience and dedication, short term memory may be something that your senior can work to retrain or regain.  Your senior aged loved one will be happier with the ability to remember things and communicate them without issue to a caregiver in their Los Angeles home.


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