Memory loss can be upsetting and unsettling for both those who have it and those who care for someone with it. It is common to start to forget things in older age due to changes in brain function, but there are varying degrees of forgetfulness, some of which are more concerning than others. It’s important to always seek advice from your GP or a healthcare professional if memory loss is impacting your life and becomes a cause for concern, as it can be a symptom of Dementia or other illnesses.
Some mild memory loss can be a symptom of getting older – there are a number of small ways to help your brain focus should you notice very small changes in the way your brain functions. You may find you are deficient in some vitamins if you experience temporary memory loss or that changes to your memory may be a result of stress or anxiety during difficult periods. Often memories can be triggered by smells or sounds so if you find yourself unable to recall a certain event, these can help aid your memory.
For those who need a gentle reminder to do daily tasks, Lifeline support can help; something as small as a medication prompt can give peace of mind and enable independence if you are concerned about forgetting to take daily medication. Our flow chart infographic can help you decide which device is right for your needs.
Another useful and popular product to aid memory loss is the Mem-X. This product is especially useful if you think you would feel comforted by hearing a loved one’s voice prompting you. It’s a great option for those with family members who like to offer support but aren’t always able to be immediately available due to other commitments.
The device allows for pre-recorded messages to be played at a specified time, and allows those who require additional daily support for memory loss to remain living independently, while being reminded about important appointments and events. Mem – X also offers an SOS service, whereby details can be stored which can inform someone in the event of an emergency to the users’ information if they are struggling to remember themselves.
Along similar lines, the Voice Announcer can help combat mild memory loss for those otherwise in good health who may need the occasional prompt or simply to hear a comforting voice. The device offers warnings about specific activities to users by way of personalised messages.
If you or a loved one sometimes has episodes of memory loss and is prone to wandering, or likes to venture out but has reservations about doing so due to safety, OneCall could be a preferred lifeline option. This service offers an identification wristband which gives Welbeing access to vital health information and a next of kin contact should you find yourself or a loved one out and unsure of their whereabouts. Crucially, the information is not given to the caller, so if the call is from a stranger, help can be obtained without divulging sensitive information.
If you would like to speak to an advisor to find out which telecare device is right for you, please look at our brochure or call us on 01323 644422.