Why Social Interaction Is Important for People with Dementia

Dementia care involves continuous monitoring to ensure safety, mental health counseling, and bedside care as needed. However, health management is only one component of comprehensive memory care. Residents of dementia care locations are encouraged to regularly engage in social activities, which bring meaning and purpose to life, improve mental health, and support cognitive function. Artificial activities or “busywork” are not sufficient for individuals with dementia. It is essential to plan recreational and social activities that truly bring meaning to residents and improve their standard of living.

Mental Health

Research suggests that individuals who have a long history of clinical depression are at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Likewise, individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementias may be at a higher risk of developing depressive symptoms. The risk of depression is one reason why social interaction is so important for these individuals. When depression affects a person, he or she might feel as though there is no longer any meaning in life. Individuals with depression can suffer from unbearable sadness and hopelessness. Seniors with dementia deserve better than this. Social activities can help restore quality of life by engaging seniors in the world around them once again. It can be particularly helpful when residents with dementia can enjoy the social activities they previously engaged in, such as gardening or baking.

Cognitive Function

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, nor is there any way to definitively prevent the disease from developing. However, research does suggest that when seniors engage in social activities regularly, they are at a reduced risk of developing dementia. Similarly, individuals who are already receiving dementia care can support their declining cognitive function through mental stimulation combined with meaningful social engagement.

At Avalon Memory Care, our residents enjoy a high standard of living while receiving comprehensive Alzheimer’s support. In addition to mental health care for individuals with dementia in San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, all of our locations engage residents with a full calendar of meaningful, social activities. Call (214) 752-7050 to discuss arranging dementia care for your loved one or visit us online to read more about our unique model of care.

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