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Memory aids in the home and dementia

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Memory loss is a common symptom of dementia. If you are a carer of someone with dementia, there are many ways you can help them remember things and find their way around.

Think about what types of things the person with dementia usually forgets. This will help you work out what memory aids to use.

For example, if they have trouble remembering to do jobs, then place a whiteboard in a central location, such as near the fridge, and write daily task lists on it. If they are constantly losing their keys, put the keys in the same place each day, and put reminders up in other parts of the house.

Putting photos and familiar objects around the home helps the person with dementia stay connected with their past.

Putting up large clocks, maybe with the day and date, helps them stay connected with the present.

You can find out more by reading the Dementia Australia help sheet about memory changes.

Last reviewed: October 2018

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