While there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, there are steps that can be taken to help slow the condition or improve the quality of life. One such step that can be highly beneficial is socialization and companionship for Alzheimer's patients.
While this can seem like a difficult or strange idea with what Alezimer’s entails, it is quite important to provide the best care for those struggling with this condition. Continue reading below to learn why socialization and companionship should be prioritized for those afflicted with Alzheimer's.
Supports Brain Health
The National Institute on Aging has recognized the connection between socialization and the brain health and well-being of seniors. Furthermore, while it is not fully understood yet, those who had a strong social network seem to keep more memories than those without a strong social network.
One theory for these benefits is that social engagement provides challenges to the brain, which helps keep it active and functioning by working it like any other muscle. And just like any other muscle, it may deteriorate or lose higher functionality even faster when not being regularly used and challenged.
Potentially Slow the Progression of Alzheimer's Disease
While socialization may not stop or reverse Alzheimer's, it does seem to slow the cognitive impairment of the disease. Not only can social interaction help to work out the brain, but it also helps to significantly reduce stress and instances of anxiety or depression.
According to one study, the cognitive function of those who had regular social interaction declined 70 percent slower than those who did not have regular interaction.
Improves the Patient’s Sense of Time and Place
With how Alzheimer's affects the brain, it can leave the patient feeling unsure or adrift when it comes to time and place. It is not uncommon for those with Alzheimer's to bounce between past and present at a moment’s notice, which can make it difficult to have any sort of quality of life or interact with their loved ones. It can be difficult for patients to recognize friends and family when they feel they are at a whole different time.
Although, socialization can be incredibly beneficial along this line. It helps to provide a sense of structure by stimulating the brain in areas related to time and place, which can potentially help them remain more grounded.
Where to Find Resources for Socialization
If a patient is living at home or in a rural area, it may be difficult to find good places for them to socialize. Fortunately, there are resources out there that can help find opportunities for socialization, with one of the most valuable of these being the Alzheimer's Society.
Loved ones of the patient can look online or contact the local Alzheimer's Society branch to find resources, get-togethers, and events that can provide excellent opportunities for patients to socialize and grow companionship.
Searching for Quality Care for an Alzheimer's Patient?
If you have been searching for high-quality care for a loved one struggling with Alzheimer's or Dementia, we would like to help. Here at Symphony Senior Living, our goal is to treat your loved one like one of our family members. We know you want the best possible care for them and we will work with you to provide that. We have multiple facilities all around Canada to help accommodate seniors from all areas and conditions.
If you have any questions about our facilities or services, you can contact us at (437) 214-1608. We look forward to speaking with you and seeing how we can help your loved one.