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Sharing Life Stories with Dad can Improve Elder Care

Elder Care in Canal Fulton OH

You may have heard your father tell stories of his youth, his young adult life, and many other important moments, but have you heard them all? Even if you believe you’ve heard every single story Elder Care in Canal Fulton OHyour aging father could tell, it can actually benefit him to be able to sit down and allow him the opportunity to share the stories once again.

By talking about things that happened in the past, it’s tapping into certain parts of the brain that may not get the same type of exercise as problem solving and short-term memory provide. Your father talking about all of these memories and things he did from his past will actually be increasing the neural activity in his brain and that can help to give the brain the type of exercise it needs to stay as fit as possible.

Keep in mind the brain is a muscle, and just like any other muscle in the body it requires regular exercise to stay in top condition. A person who doesn’t get exercise will have an increased risk of certain problems, including memory loss.  This can impact daily living and also increase the risk of developing some forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

Your father may not recall which stories he has told you or which ones you’ve never heard before. Allow him to talk and ask questions that may elicit different responses or different memories you haven’t heard before. Ask about friends or friends of friends. You may be surprised that your father can still remember the first and last names of almost every person he had been friends with through the years. It’s not always easy to do, and even if it takes him a little time to remember, that is still giving the brain the valuable exercise it needs.

In order to continue encouraging him to talk about his life, it’s a good idea to consider sharing your own life stories that he may not know about. If he requires professional elderly care, that doesn’t mean you can’t stop by and visit him or call and talk to him on the phone once or twice a week and share in those stories. You can still provide him some incredible mental benefits by talking to him and encouraging the stories to be told.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional elder care services in Canal Fulton, OH, call the caring staff at Rather Be Home Senior Care at (330) 915-4575 today!

Deidre Scott, Founder

Owner, Founder at Rather Be Home Senior Care
Deidre Scott is the founder of Rather Be Home and has always found her passion in the health and well-being of others. Shortly after receiving her bachelor's degree she worked for Bristol Myers-Squibb as a cardiovascular representative. Her specialties included blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. She then worked 15 years with Procter & Gamble where she educated Veterinarians on how nutrition could help nutritionally manage various disease states such as kidney failure, colitis and diabetes in cats and dogs. During that time she pursued her education further and received her MBA.

She founded Rather Be Home in 2014 after seeing the tribulations her friends were having with their aging parents. Hard decisions need to be made and no one knows where to go for help. Having lived with her grandparents most of her childhood and helping her grandma care for her grandpa it just seemed natural to open a home care business. Deidre is also a certified instructor for CPR/First Aid & AED through the American Red Cross and a State Tested Nurse Aide registered through the Ohio Department of Health. Currently she is undergoing classes to become a Certified Senior Advisor. She sets rigorous standards for her company as well as the caregivers she employs.