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
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.
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.
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.