Most individuals crave social experiences and relationships. The need for
socialization is an inherent part of human nature. Unfortunately, as individuals
grow older, they tend to become more socially isolated, particularly after
being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
While many seniors express the desire to receive
Alzheimer’s care at home, this often results in increased social isolation. However, at
a memory care location, seniors can not only receive continuous care to
meet their medical needs; they can also enjoy daily opportunities to socialize
with their peers.
Enhanced Physical Health
Numerous research studies have documented the
benefits of socialization for seniors with dementia, including the benefits for their physical health. Enjoying
recreational activities with peers can reduce perceptions of pain, strengthen
the immune system, and even lower blood pressure. Additionally, research
has shown that seniors who enjoy the company of others during mealtimes
have a reduced risk of malnutrition.
Improved Mental Well-Being
Millions of seniors, including seniors with dementia, suffer from mental
health problems such as depression. Research suggests that social contact
is essential for supporting an individual’s mental well-being. In
fact, consistent social interaction has been shown to be just as effective
as exercise for improving a senior’s quality of life and mental health.
Increased Cognitive Engagement
While research is ongoing, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease
as of yet. However, there are many ways of improving the quality of life
for individuals with Alzheimer’s and even of slowing the progression
of the disease. Studies suggest that cognitive stimulation can slow the
decline of mental function. One way of facilitating cognitive stimulation
for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is to provide a consistent schedule
of social activities.
At Avalon Memory Care, your loved one will receive the highest quality
of Alzheimer’s care, including regularly planned and meaningful
activities that lend themselves to your loved one’s sense of self-worth.
Our memory caregivers will be honored to provide your loved one with comprehensive
mental health care for dementia in Dallas, Cedar Park, Garland, or Carrollton.
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