Memory Loss Workshop Being Presented In Cedar City
At the risk of sounding morbid, from time to time I wonder what will eventually take me out. I know that sound fatalistic, but once in a while my mind drifts in that direction. I think it was because my dad ultimately passed away as the result of a stroke, and I sometimes wonder if that will be my life ending event.
Similarly, my wife watched as one of her parents suffered through dementia, and has at time out loud wondered if that will be the situation she faces as we approach the winter of our lives.
Memory loss is a common problem that affects many people, especially as they age. Memory Matters Utah is a 501(3)(c) registered charity and they have been presenting Early Stage Memory Loss workshops for several years in St. George. Now that organization is offering that same workshop for residents in Cedar City and Iron County.
The workshops are being held at the Cedar City Library on Monday morning starting at 10:30. Each session lasts for two hours. The course is designed to benefit the person with memory loss and their caregivers. It is also designed for those concerned that memory loss may be a situation they may be facing.
The two hour session will begin with a professional from the community offering education and take home advice to help senior facing the challenges of a memory loss disease. For example, participants may be give advice from a local estate planning attorney providing information on how to place assets in a trust, or to give power of attorney to a trusted relative or friend.
During the second hour, participants will divide in to two groups. The first group is a breakout session for the person concerned about memory loss. The workshop will provide brain training exercises and memory techniques. The other second hour group consists of caregivers with the aim to learn validation communication and practical tips about available services and resources.
If you are concerned about memory loss there are several things you can do to combat memory loss and improve your ability to remember things.
Engage in mentally stimulating activities such as reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing memory games, or learning a new skill. This can help to improve cognitive function and prevent memory loss.
Regular physical activity has been shown to improve memory and cognitive function. Exercise can increase blood flow to the brain, stimulate the growth of new brain cells, and improve the function of existing brain cells.
Sleep is essential for memory consolidation. Make sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night to help your brain store and recall information more effectively.
Chronic stress can have a negative impact on memory and cognitive function. Practice stress-reducing activities such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises to help manage stress.
A healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can provide the nutrients your brain needs to function at its best. Include foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, and seeds, as these have been shown to improve memory and cognitive function.
Excessive alcohol consumption can have a negative impact on memory and cognitive function. Limit your alcohol consumption to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
Social interaction has been shown to improve cognitive function and prevent memory loss. Make time for social activities with friends and family to keep your brain active and engaged.
By incorporating these strategies into your daily routine, you can combat memory loss and improve your ability to remember things.
And If you would like to find out more about the Memory Loss Workshop call LuAnn Lundquist at 435-319-0407 or visit the website memorymattersutah.org.
And, if you continue to experience significant memory problems, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be contributing to your memory loss.