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Is There An Activity That I Can Do To Help My Husband With Short Term Memory?

Is There An Activity That I Can Do To Help My Husband With Short Term Memory?

A myALZteam Member said:

I find that my mother is more interested in the day to day activities than therapeutic ones. For example, I ask her to pull the blinds in the conservatory first thing after her shower and dressing. This means that she has to stretch and move herself, it takes time but it is worth it . After breakfast I wash up and I ask her to dry up She sits on a stool for this or I bring the crockery and cutlery to the table. It does not matter where she puts away the dishes as I can sort them it later. When we are cooking, I ask her to peal the potatoes and chop the vegetables I prepare the vegetables and lay them out for her to chop. I have to say that she gets a lot of satisfaction from this activity and we have endless soups!..
For the most part I break down an activity into small parts and ask for help with some aspect of it, for me it works and she feels involved. Yesterday I gave her bread to break up for the birds and told her that they need feeding in this cold weather . I always give her the phone to answer when it rings and the post to open when it arrives...

posted about 4 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

I think the disease will continue to progress. But doing things to help his brain be "exercised" should help. So play cards, do coloring, look at photos and talk. (repeating things that you want him to remember).They say Dementia is the Diabetes of the Brain. I take this to mean that you want to be sure that sweets get limited. You do not want a diabetic overload that will add to confusion andcloudy thinking.

posted about 4 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

For my partner her greatest loss was losing the capacity to read and follow a book. For a while audio books helped but memory region became an issue. However, she has taken to Word Search books like a duck to water and still continues to 'help' with the housework. I'm enjoying watching the clear benefits of these excersises.

posted over 3 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Yes, things will change and you adjust accordingly. It sounds like you are happy together and that makes a big difference. D and I are separated, and I feel I can be more objective which makes it easier I think. I try to be compassionate but sometimes I get impatient but I do them best I can...In our case, because we had issues in our marriage, he brings things up that are hurtful, but I understand where he is coming from. He has always had repressed anger, but he is actually better now. I cannot be around him to much, whereas you and your husband seem to enjoy your time together, albeit if is different. My brother takes care of his wife who has Alzheimers but they are still in love and very happy..

posted about 1 year ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My husband has severe short term memory loss. He loves music especially 60s,70s,80s, & 90s. I have lots on my I-Pod. I just let it randomly play and we discuss the artist, what was happening in the world during that time and wonder where or what the artists are doing now. Sometimes I'll Goggle info, and print it off for him to read later. He also loves watching our 8 month old great-granddaughter at play, her mom usually brings her over at least 2 times a week. We also have a small dog that loves to play and keeps him occupied for awhile. He loves watching Westerns too. I tried daycare for him but he hated it; he's never been big on leaving the house or going out unless with family. Over-all we usually have a pretty active day and he sleeps well at night.

posted almost 3 years ago
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