Go Fishing

 

Fishing is a favorite pastime for many, making it a fun way to relive the past and provides ample opportunity for reminiscing about the past.  You or the person with memory loss may still have access to a favorite fishing hole.  if not, that’s fine too. There are plenty fo places to fish in metro Detroit, including Belle Isle, the Riverwalk downtown (I hear the best place to go is between Cobo of Joe Louis), Kensington, etc.  Don’t forget to buy your fishing license, which can be done online here. For more information on where to go and what you might catch, you can access the DNR’s weekly fishing report for lots of helpful tips.

Don’t forget the general rule about memory loss: things that are familiar and stored in long-term memory are easier to access than anything new, so don’t go out and buy a brand new fishing pole.  If possible, use the one the person with dementia has always used, or if that’s not available, something similar.  If they’ve never fly fished, maybe now it’s the time to start.  In short, remember the old adage K.I.S.S.- Keep it simple, stupid! 

Also, don’t be afraid to break the task down into smaller steps.  Placing the worm on the hook might be all the person can do, so put them in charge of that task while you cast.  Or, conversely, they might struggle with changing a lure and casting, but be the best at reeling in the big one. Give yourself permission to help when needed, but also remember to back off and see if they can take over once you’ve gotten past a rough patch. And, if physically fishing is too hard/frustrating, they might just enjoy sitting and chatting about past catches and ones-that-got-away while you mine the reel. 

 

 

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