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Why Social Interaction Is Necessary for Seniors with Dementia

Dementia can result in increased isolation and depression according to the Alzheimer’s Association. There is evidence that suggests that staying socially active may slow cognitive decline and improve quality of life for seniors with dementia. More than half of those questioned for an Australian survey felt people they knew avoided them due to their dementia. They emphasized the fact that social engagement is a two-way effort. When family caregivers help seniors with dementia stay social, seniors can experience the following benefits.

Decreases Dementia Risk

Elderly women evaluated during a Southern California study who had a larger social network were nearly 30 percent less likely to develop dementia. Researchers note that some seniors with a few close friends can enjoy similar results, although those with three or more tend to do better cognitively.

Boosts Physical Health

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center suggest seniors may enjoy lower blood pressure and reduced risk of heart problems and some forms of arthritis from being more physically active while engaging socially with friends, family and dementia caregivers in Boca Raton. Brain health may also improve when seniors receive encouragement from friends to:

  • Make healthier eating choices
  • Get regular exercise
  • Maintain a routine sleep schedule
  • Learn new skills

Maintains Independence

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, seniors who remain independent have the lowest instances of depression. Seniors can remain independent by maintaining relationships with a group of friends, family members and live-in caregivers in Boca Raton who can offer occasional assistance.

Improves Mental Health

The Alzheimer’s Society reports that socially engaged seniors often enjoy better sleep quality. This alone can have a noticeable impact on mental health by increasing alertness. Staying social can also improve mental health by:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Stimulating cognitive function
  • Enhances memory skills
  • Promoting a positive outlook

One of the best ways to boost socialization among seniors with dementia is by hiring a trusted Boca Raton home care agency like Home Care Assistance. Our compatible live-in and hourly caregivers work around your loved one’s schedule to boost cognitive function and offer both emotional support and companionship. Learn more when you call (561) 826.9282 today to meet one of our experienced Care Managers and customize a care plan for your loved one.