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merylpeep | 12:50 Thu 17th Jul 2014 | Body & Soul
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can anyone suggests products available in shops that help a person's memory? links would be handy. for example, I've often heard of handheld computer games that aid memory. even types of food. any suggestions gratefully received.

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What is the memory problem caused by?
Whilst there is a belief that there is a 'use it or lose it' situation, from what I read the idea that you can keep your mind active playing PC games that make you think, seems unfounded. IMO it's probably a case of those who still can that inevitably are the ones that still do.

Maybe you best bet would be to consult your GP ?
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not for me, but for a friend's dad with early signs of dementia
GP and ask about meds, you can also get advice from an occupational therapist (ask GP) or specialist nurse about things like clocks and calendars, notebooks and checklists. Computer games and things like vitamin supplements won't help I am afraid. I used to work in this field before I retired.
Singing, favourite tunes, and playing an instrument (if this was done in earlier life) all help. The 'top twenty' of his best days are a good way of engaging attention. A cd or MP3 player loaded with these would be good.
Old family snaps are brilliant for stimulating chat - if you can scan a load and put them onto sheets of A4, laminate or put in a clear plastic pocket, makes them survive having coffee spilled on them a bit longer.
meryl , my brother has short term memory loss caused by limbic encephalitis. He has taken to buying these lles that fit in the pocket around with him. Basic but practical if his dementia isn't too severe at present. Dating each page is helpful too x
Should have read ... these little jotters/ notepads.
meryl, sorry haven't a shop to reccoend, these products are quite specialist & I'm not sure the average shop stocks such products. here's a site to send off for them though .. http://www.uksmobility.co.uk/dementia-care
meryl, Argos stock this large clear clock, pricey, but if a few people put together it would be cheaper. http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/1715686.htm
Nutritionists have named the blueberry the 'brain berry' as they are said to enhance memory.
meryl, here's on the importance of exercise & mental stimulation, i.e .. crosswords ect.. Also, a friend sent me some info on 'neuroplasticity' the idea behind the thinking being if we try making our brain do reverse things it stimulates new neural pathways!
First link .. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_fitness
Second link .. http://www.livestrong.com/article/216213-brain-plasticity-exercises/
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