Have you ever experienced a situation where you were walking down the street, maybe at home, and a certain aroma, odor, or fragrance began to tickle your senses? Suddenly you associated that particular smell with a direct memory. The sense of smell is a powerful trigger for memory, but so are many of the other senses we have.
When a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, their memory is going to be impacted. Memory loss is one of the most significant signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and while there is no cure, there are signs that indicate mental stimulation early on can have benefits as the disease progresses.
The brain is a complicated organ.
Scientists have learned a great deal about how the brain works, but it remains somewhat of a mystery with regard to many aspects about it. However, it is an organ that takes in stimuli from all the senses of the body. That includes sight, sound, touch, feel, smell, and taste.
By taking in all of these stimuli, the brain processes information and can associate certain sights with memories the person hasn’t even thought about in decades, for example. The same holds true when it comes to the sense of smell, touch, taste, sound, and feelings.
Together, these become more powerful.
When taken together, multiple senses can provide an even more powerful mental boost. For example, if a person used to listen to a specific song in the springtime while walking outside, smelling the flowers, duplicating the entire moment can bring forth a floodgate of memories.
These memories, when the senior begins focusing on them, can open up even more memories. The more exercise the brain gets, especially with those memories the senior hasn’t thought about in a long time, can actually strengthen the brain, resisting more serious aspects of memory loss, at least for a little while (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation).
Memory is dependent on all senses.
A person remembers things visually, auditorily, by the sense of smell and touch and taste. Each memory will be connected to at least one of the five major senses of the body. Trying to help a senior strengthen their memory means thinking about all of these different senses working together. Relying on just one sense is okay, such as playing music from their youth, but when you can combine that with pictures from an old photo album, certain fragrances, or even the suggestion of how things feel to touch, they might begin thinking about and remembering things they haven’t recalled in decades.
These can all pay positive dividends for somebody dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Plainview, NY, please contact the caring staff at Family First Home Companions. Serving all of Long Island. Call today: (631) 319-3961
Jennifer has specialized training in Alzheimer's disease through the Long Island Alzheimer's Association and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation. She also volunteered her time with the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island for 3 years by providing congnitive stimulations to an Alzheimer's patient group.
Jennifer educates the community about elder care and speaks to caregiver support groups, senior centers, and at professional organizations. Topics include home safety, effective strategies for family caregiving, elder care planning, and awareness about elder abuse.
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