1. Set up a Calendar
a. Sometimes it can be as simple as using a well maintained calendar. People with memory loss often have a hard time remembering dates, places, and times, which makes scheduling appointments or events a big source of stress for elders. Oftentimes, all they need is a quick point of reference. If they can look up at the wall, see their schedule, and keep tabs on commitments, they’re less likely to forget. This way, family members can save some stress by not having to call their Elders every time a doctor’s appointment or family get together is scheduled.
2. Use timers and alarms.
a. You might be asking yourself, “how will they remember to check the calendar?” Well, when you pair compensatory skills, you can increase the likelihood of success. If you help your loved one get in the habit of setting alarms or reminders for events after they place items on the calendar, they’ll know that when an alarm goes off they ought to check the calendar and keep their commitment. If your loved one has an Iphone, Ipad, Amazon Alexa, or similar smart phone, they can even ask Siri or Alexa to set a reminder hands free and without having to navigate the device.