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New Study Looks at Techniques to Improve Senior Memory

caregiver stressOne of the greatest fears of many aging Americans is memory loss. Even in our forties and fifties, many Americans report trouble remembering some things. We walk into the kitchen and forget what we came in for. We set down our keys and can’t remember where when it’s time to leave. We know the neighbor’s face, but can’t recall his name. While some memory loss is a normal part of aging, a new study at Emory University is aimed at helping seniors with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) with strategies to improve memory and maintain independence.

Seniors with MCI are experiencing memory loss beyond that as a normal part of aging but are still able to function on their own. The new techniques, such as putting items in the proper place via a computer based model of their home, are intended to help extend the period of time these individuals can thrive independently.

Home Care Offers Assistance For All Needs

Even when practicing memory skills, home care provided by an agency using a home care software or home care system such as ClearCare Online, can help seniors with MCI by providing assistance and mental stimulation.

Often, family members of seniors with memory loss may find themselves concerned over missteps like keeping the stove on after preparing a meal. The assistance of an in-home caregiver can ensure that these items are not only overlooked, but help seniors establish routines to better prevent such mishaps. With a task to prepare breakfast scheduled in an agency’s home care software or home care system, caregivers can help seniors make breakfast and walk through the steps of the routine with them – including vital practices like watching cooking food, avoiding burns and turning off heat sources.
Another benefit of having a caregiver in the home, be it occasionally or on a regular basis, is the power of observation. With a home care software, like ClearCare Online, to report back to their agency, caregivers can log any concerns within the home care system for attention.

And with studies like the Emory University program looking at methods to help seniors remember a name by something unique about a face, caregivers can also help seniors practice recommended techniques and report back to providers via the home care software interface.

Memory loss is something we all fear, and fortunately, something that researchers are working tirelessly to combat. If you or a loved one are suffering from memory loss, consider how the presence of a caregiver using ClearCare Online’s home care system, coupled with a doctor’s care, may help!

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