Elder Care in Marshall MN
When you look back on your life, what do you see? Most people would readily admit they have some wonderful memories from their youth, young adult life, last decade, and so on. Yes, there are likely memories people wish they could forget, but that’s not how life works.
In truth, life is made up of all of those experiences, both the good and the bad. Those are what become a person’s personal history and as May is Personal History Month, it can be tremendously beneficial to help a senior who relies on elder care to bring those memories to life, at least to some degree.
What does it mean to bring memories to life?
Memories are not solid things; they are ethereal. Every episode in somebody’s life becomes a memory. Every event becomes imprinted in chemical and electrical codes within the brain. As more time passes and more memories are built, those older ones that are not necessary for daily life begin to move to the subconscious levels of the brain. As enough time passes, a person could feel as though they’ve completely forgotten those memories altogether.
All of a sudden, a certain sound, smell, song, or some other stimuli could conjure up those memories from seemingly out of the blue. They’re not out of the blue. The brain connects those memories with all of those senses that we, as people, have.
Bringing memories to life is about inspiring them to come to the surface. Playing an old song that the elderly client might have listened to in their teenage years could conjure up a number of memories, thus bringing them to light and life. A certain smell could trigger a pleasant memory or one they hadn’t thought about in decades.
Sitting down with the senior and talking about certain events that may have been important in their life and then carefully listening to those memories being unfolded before your very eyes, then asking questions could inspire even more memories to come to the surface. All of these memories help to inspire more mental stimulation and that can be tremendously beneficial for one’s emotional and mental health. Whenever the brain gets exercise, especially exercise it’s not used to getting, it’s becoming stronger.
Never underestimate the power of the mind. It is a muscle and requires exercise, just as every other muscle in the body does, so any type of mental stimulation is going to be tremendously beneficial in the short and long-term aspects of elder care.
If you or someone you know needs elder care in Marshall, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.
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