Engaging Our Emotional Memory

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Memories attached to emotional events are much easier to remember than other forms of memory.  Can you remember where you went out to eat last Saturday?  Can you remember where you went to eat on your last birthday?  For most people, you can remember the events on your birthday better than a regular day.  Why?  Our brains are designed to remember those events better.  

Knowing this, try to create emotional events.  At residential care homes credential by Memento, we encourage our care home owners and caregivers to celebrate every holiday.  No holiday this week, try a themed party!  If you are not feeling creative, you can use major sporting events (Superbowl), television award ceremonies (Oscars), or other countries holidays (Cinco de Mayo) for inspiration.

Not feeling that energetic, try cooking a full Thanksgiving meal; no one says it only has to be on Thanksgiving.  Or simply break out the good glasses and pop a bottle of bubbly.  The secret is attaching emotional significance to your memories.  Go out and make some great memories!

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Michael Nelson MD is the co-founder and CEO of the Memento Care Home Network.  He is a board certified, adult neurologist who is passionate about the care of senior citizens and believes in the benefits of small credentialed care homes.

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