Wednesday Workshop – Socialization for Those Living with Memory Loss
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. As each of us know, socialization is an essential part of the human experience. Throughout our lives, we interact with friends, family members and even new faces on a daily basis. It is important that a person with memory loss or dementia continue to have these type of meaningful interactions, even as their condition gets worse.
To keep your loved one socially engaged in activities that stimulate the mind and body:
- Stay active around the house
Your loved one can be stimulated by many things around the house. Visitors, children, and even pets can provide social stimulation for your loved one with dementia. Other things, like watching TV and listening to the radio can provide some stimulation but in these cases, the socialization is usually one sided.
- Attend an Adult Day Care
Attending an adult day care puts your loved one directly in front of new faces. This gives your loved one the opportunity to communicate and to relate to the new people they meet.
Traveling opens up our world. We can be introduced to new people, different cultures and unique ways of living. Interacting with these new people gives our mind a social boost. Seeing how we are alike and different causes the brain to make connections which is extremely stimulating.
Socialization gives us a sense of belonging, of being part of a community—even if it’s a community of only a couple people. With community comes confidence: With confidence comes self-esteem and an increased sense of well-being. But the greatest benefit of socialization is that people who share experiences are much more likely to laugh together, and laughter may be the best boost to longevity that we have.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!