Staying engaged socially and making connections with other people are both essential for managing the symptoms of dementia. People with dementia can benefit from engaging in social activities and interacting with others, as these activities help to improve mental and emotional health. This, in turn, can help individuals to better manage the symptoms of dementia, such as memory loss, difficulty with concentration, and confusion.
Social interaction offers a variety of cognitive, emotional and social benefits for people with dementia. Participating in activities with family and friends can help reduce stress and anxiety, increase positive emotions, and stimulate the mind. It can also help provide structure and purpose to an individual’s life, which can be especially important for those dealing with dementia. Additionally, engaging in social activities is an excellent way to exercise the mind and improve memory. Giving structure and purpose to a person's life can be a huge help when dealing with dementia. When someone has a sense of control over their day-to-day activities, it can help them feel more secure and empowered. It can also provide them with a sense of accomplishment from completing tasks and feeling productive.
Structured activities can also help to give an individual a sense of identity. From doing something as simple as scheduling a daily walk, to joining an online class or volunteering, having a regular task list can give someone with dementia a sense of structure and purpose.
It is important for friends and family to get the right balance between providing meaningful activities and giving the individual enough time to rest in between activities. Many individuals with dementia may become overwhelmed if they are given too much to do at once. It can be helpful to break up activities into smaller tasks and to avoid overscheduling.
Making connections with other people can also be very beneficial. Talking with a counsellor or joining a support group can provide a safe and understanding environment where individuals can talk openly about their experiences. Additionally, making connections with those who are dealing with similar issues can provide valuable advice and support that can help to manage the symptoms of dementia.
Staying connected with family and friends is an important part of dealing with dementia. Human connection can provide comfort and understanding, strengthen relationships, reduce loneliness, and help people with dementia feel less isolated.
The changes that come along with a dementia diagnosis can be difficult for the person and their family, which makes it all the more important to stay connected. Friends and family can provide emotional support, offer guidance and advice, and be a shoulder to lean on when things get tough.
One of the first steps in staying connected is to make sure everyone feels comfortable talking about it. Discussing the diagnosis with friends and family can help ensure everyone is on the same page regarding the progression of dementia. It also helps people to create supportive strategies and techniques to manage the condition.
Having regular visits to catch up and check in is essential. Friends and family should set aside time to get together, either in person or through virtual platforms. This could be a conversation over the phone, a Zoom call, or a meal out at a restaurant (whichever is available). Having regular contact will help people with dementia feel seen and appreciated, and it also provides a space to discuss any concerns or issues.
If you have any questions on how to deal with specific issues or just want someone to talk to about any concerns please call 07974 727223 to speak to Ruth Chauhan our Dementia/ Health & Wellbeing Specialist.