Helping Loved Ones with Dementia Feel More Included
On the face of it, dementia and depression both cause many of the same symptoms. It’s one of the reasons why family members or friends sometimes struggle to recognize that their loved one is dealing with both conditions at the same time.
Whether it’s a general apathy towards getting involved in activities or a withdrawal from social interaction, the cause of their depression is more than likely linked to their dementia. While the latter can’t currently be cured, there are a number of ways in which to reduce a dementia patient’s feelings of isolation.
To help make sure you’re aware of how to make seniors in home care in San Antonio TX living with dementia feel more included, we’ve created a simple list of tips, below:
- Socialize in a One-On-One Setting
There’s a number of factors as to why seniors living with dementia struggle with large groups. There’s firstly the unrelated issue of their hearing, which due to the amount of background noise, may make it difficult for them to hear what is being said.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence also believes that people living with dementia have trouble instigating conversation, which may make them become more withdrawn. Finally, there’s also the consideration of whether or not they actually recognize the faces of the people they’re in the room with. While most of us enjoy socializing, I’m sure you’d agree that it wouldn’t be half as much fun with strangers.
For all of the reasons above, it’s best to stick to socializing with someone with dementia in a one-on-one setting. This way, they should be aware of who they’re talking to, and if they’re having trouble with their hearing, they will at least be able to lip read.
- The Past is Always a Better Conversation Topic
Dementia initially only affects the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that’s responsible for storing short-term memories. It’s one of the reasons why your loved one may be able to recall a conversation from 20 years ago but not one you had just seconds ago.
Because of this, the best way to have a conversation with someone living with dementia is to speak about the past. If they do trip up over any details, try to go along with the conversation so as not to confuse them.
- Try to Come up With Activities You Know They’ll Love
If you’re loved one is a creative type, they’re much more likely to enjoy an afternoon painting than they’re solving Sudoku puzzles. In fact, studies have shown that bright colors and strange sounds are a great way of drawing the attention of someone living with dementia, so try to come up with some hobbies that incorporate the two.