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Documenting Golden Memories: 3 Ways to Remember Later Life

senior memoriesAs modern medical advances allow American seniors to live longer, many seniors are participating in activities that once seemed reserved for individuals of a far less advances stage of life. Take Marcie for example. Each Wednesday, the 74-year-old woman participates in a ladies bowling league down at her local lanes. And just next month, she’ll be attending a reunion with her co-workers from the telephone company where she put in over 40 years as a dedicated employee. While Marcie no longer feels comfortable driving, with the help of her family and an in-home caregiver using a homecare software to manage activities, Marcie leads an exceptionally active life!

A recent article in The Washington Times Community section pointed out that documenting senior activities can help extend memories and perhaps even stave off that mental fuzz that often accompanies aging. The article suggests working not only to keep the senior mind sharp, but also documenting memories to prompt seniors to talk about their lives and share events with others. Here’s how:

1. Keep the Mind Sharp:
While you can’t battle every side effect of aging, exercising the brain may help seniors recall memories and reduce the risk of memory loss. Common suggestions for mind exercise include word games and puzzles, however, playing trivia games and even creating custom trivia games around family events and people may help seniors (and their loved ones) recall beloved memories. A note in homecare software or a homecare system, like ClearCare, which tracks caregiver tasks, can help caregivers schedule time for mind exercise with senior clients.

2. Journaling:

Diaries aren’t just for teenage girls! Journaling can be a great way for seniors, especially those who enjoy writing and expressing their thoughts, to document the later years of life. A special notebook, or even computer-based journals, can be re-read at any time as a fun trip down memory lane or a special log of the times for future generations to read. Seniors who have trouble with handwriting can even ask a home care aide to help them write down a verbalized journal – a task that can be easily set in a homecare software or homecare system, such as ClearCare.

3. Photos:
Photographs are a fantastic way to document events at any age. Pictures can be stored in photo boxes, arranged into special photo books, or even stored online for display in slideshows or digital photo frames. With mobile devices like an iPad, which can also be used to access cloud based home care software or a home care system, like ClearCare, in-home caregivers can also help document special days for seniors.

Keeping track of our special memories shouldn’t stop – no matter your age! With the help of their loved ones, home care software or a home care system, and a wide array of methods to document events, seniors can keep track of memories ranging from the grandkids’ last visit to a league win at the bowling alley!

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