For Individuals with Memory Loss
Research shows that your loved one with memory loss or young onset dementia can benefit from social interaction. Socialization
- alleviates loneliness, which can affect a person’s cognitive decline
- produces mental stimulation that leads to greater physical activity and better health
- contributes to more positive attitudes and greater pleasure in life
- promotes greater self-confidence, sense of purpose, and independence
- encourages communication and self-expression
- Renewal and Relaxation–Taking a walk, strolling through the mall, or going to a museum will lower your heart rate and improve your mood.
- Energy–Taking time to reenergize and recharge gives you the strength important to you and your loved one.
- Space–Getting away for a few hours can help you relax and bring you a new sense of purpose.
- Pleasure–You have the right to enjoy life as a caregiver. A few hours free of responsibility for your loved one may bring you great joy.
- Perspective--Time away allows you to see things more clearly and to keep things in proper perspective.
- Engagement–Social isolation is a major problem for caregivers. You must find time for your own personal enjoyment and activities.