Helping Loved Ones with Dementia Feel More Included

One of the main symptoms that dementia patients suffer from is a feeling of social isolation, a feeling that leads to them becoming even more withdrawn from what’s going on around them.  This is one of the most dangerous aspects of dementia as it can lead to a quick deterioration, but it is also one of the things that is most easily solved.  If they have senior care in Richmond their caregiver will be fully trained in ensuring they do not feel isolated.

Ensure that your loved one is included at all times.  At family get togethers make sure that the activities and conversations that take place are things that they enjoy and are knowledgeable about.

Encourage them to tell stories and then listen to them in full, ask questions and challenge them to expand on certain aspects.  The story may not stay on topic but make sure you listen to what they have to say in full.  People who have dementia often find it much easier to recall events in the distant past as opposed to things that happened yesterday.  Always make them feel that their contribution is appreciated.

Look at and discuss photo albums and encourage them to remember when and where pictures were taken.  Take new photos and make new albums to be discussed at future events.  Trying to recollect the past, even if not successful, is a great way to keep the brain working.

If playing games or undertaking activities, ensure that they are things which your loved one can do and perhaps excel at.  Craft projects are a good example of something that be enjoyed by both old and young.  Learning new skills is a great way to keep the mind active, but so is teaching their skills to younger generations.

Daily routines are an essential part of living with dementia.  Knowing what to expect each day is a great way to keep sufferers relaxed, but they do not need to be rigid.  Encourage your loved one to suggest activities that they would like to do too.

Even with a routine, be prepared for the unexpected and always be flexible.  Dementia does mean that no two days are alike, and sometimes you just have to be calm and enjoy the time you have together.


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