This Sunday, November 11th marks Remembrance Day. Many commemorate this day by wearing a remembrance poppy, which was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Field”, written by Canadian physician, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae and references the poppy flowers which grew over the graves of soldiers’ graves in Flanders during World War 1.
While this day was originally established as a time dedicated to remembering those who served in The Great War, today, Remembrance Day has become a day to commemorate all veterans, including those who served in World War II and beyond. Because of this, it can also be a great opportunity to spark memories in loved ones suffering from cognitive decline or dementia.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, an estimated 564,000 Canadians are living with some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 1 in 3 of those diagnosed are over the age of 80. Seniors suffering from dementia often have trouble finding the right words to carry on conversations, issues recognizing certain friends and family members, and difficultly recalling recent events.
However, many in the early to mid-stages of dementia are often able to easily recall memories of the past, particularly from their teenage years and early twenties or thirties. Here are some conversation starts to spark memories in your loved ones this Remembrance Day.
These conversation starters not only help your loved one feel better connected to the world around them, but is also a great time for you to create new memories with them. Be sure to keep conversations simple. Speak clearly and slowly. And be sure to look at your loved one while you’re speaking and listen closely. This can help keep conversation moving and your loved one more focused on sharing something from their past.
At Symphony Senior Living, every day is a great day to create and share memories. Our Moments® Memory Care Program was developed to meet the unique needs of residents through all stages of dementia. We work closely with residents to provide a place where they feel relaxed, in control and comfortable.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, contact us today to learn more about our Memory Care living options.