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Social Interaction Helps Improve Quality of Life for Those Living with Dementia

By Deb Conarty, R.N. Director, Seasons Adult Day Health Services

Dementia is an umbrella term for a progressive age-related disorder which is primarily seen in older adults. It is associated with changes and decline of the person’s memory, cognition, communication, behavior and their ability to perform activities of daily living. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Finding a silver-bullet cure for dementia may still be years or decades away, but researchers have confirmed that simple social interaction goes a long way to ease certain symptoms for the person living with the disease.

For many people living with dementia, their previous interests and meaningful engagement in social activities declines as dementia begins to impact their life. There is a tendency for many to withdraw from these settings for a variety of reasons, including confusion during conversations, lack of insight and embarrassment. Unfortunately, there is really limited ability to substitute social activities in a home setting. As a result, the person with dementia often experiences an increase in social isolation which leads to a more rapid progression of dementia symptoms.

Research has confirmed that people living with dementia who maintain or develop social connections and get involved in meaningful activities, regardless of limitations, have a improved quality of life. Specifically, the greatest benefit occurs when interactions are fulfilling and supportive, include a give and take, and get the person involved. When these factors are in place, a person with dementia can get a great sense of satisfaction and better quality of life.

Seasons Adult Day Health Services in Midland specializes in providing meaningful social interactions and activities for seniors living with dementia. Our scheduled hourly therapeutic activities, and highly social atmosphere, provide wonderful opportunities for seniors to connect with one another in a supportive environment. Many caregivers are highly impressed by the numerous positive changes that occur with their loved one after attending Seasons. If you are interested in a tour or free trial days, please call 633-3700.