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The Impact Of Socialization For Those With Memory Care

How To Prevent Your Loved One From Feeling Isolated

Research has shown that social support plays a significant role in overall health as people age. Spending time with friends, neighbors and family members can boost quality of life, including both physical and mental health. Seniors – particularly those with memory loss – may have fewer opportunities to socialize as they age for various reasons, but the importance of socialization cannot be denied.

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A Close-Knit, Supportive Environment

In particular, engaging with other people in social situations seems to help patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in several ways and may even slow the progress of these conditions. Some promising research found that cognitive abilities declined 70 percent more slowly in individuals who had frequent social connections in comparison with those who had little social contact.

The National Institute on Aging identifies a strong correlation between social interaction and the health and well-being of seniors who choose to be social. Seniors with good social support systems in place are generally known to experience reduced stress, lowered anxiety and depression and decreased risk for certain physical health concerns. Socialization enhances brain health, and while the exact mechanism may not be completely understood, individuals with a social support system tend to retain more memories than peers who are more isolated.

We also know that feeling lonely or isolated can have a negative physical and emotional impact on older adults. Seniors who are chronically lonely often have elevated systolic blood pressure and are also at greater risk for anxiety and depression. Socialization, when provided in a safe, structured manner, can make a world of difference in the quality of life for those impaired by dementia. At The Crossings, we incorporate daily socialization through companionship, conversation and purposeful programming with Masterful Moments® as well as other therapeutic techniques – giving your loved one the opportunity to stay as healthy and connected as possible in a supportive, family-like setting.