Socialization has so many health benefits for the body and brain, but seniors with dementia often need help when participating in a social setting. Spending time with friends, family, and neighbors can increase the quality of life for those experiencing memory challenges. However, it can be tricky to find a balance of keeping your loved one comfortable while also engaging in meaningful social interactions.
Socialization at nursing homes can provide a sense of community and belonging, but alone time is also necessary. Here are some of the benefits of socialization for your loved one from Central Parke, a Mason assisted living and memory care community:
Seniors with dementia who are living in nursing homes may experience feelings of isolation and loneliness–whether they have difficulty getting around to see people, spend a lot of time alone or just feel as though they don’t belong, which can lead to negative experiences and emotions. Controlled socialization, or interacting with others, whether it be passive or active, can stimulate a sense of belonging rather than isolation in retirement communities. This allows your loved ones to overcome loneliness, ultimately contributing to their overall well-being.
By focusing on a game, activity, or just being in the presence of other people, socialization can result in increased awareness among seniors with dementia. They are focused on what’s going on in the present moment–whereas they are less concerned when they are alone. By being mentally active and socially engaged, they can perform tasks and transition between daydreaming and focused states of mind more easily during daily life.
Interacting with and meeting new people can bring your loved one with dementia a sense of self-worth and confidence while staying in a retirement community. Even interacting with a therapy animal can have this effect. With more self-confidence, seniors are less anxious and they will be able to focus better, which can allow them to experience more happiness overall.
Brains are muscles, and therefore need activity like all other muscles in our bodies to stay fit. When the brain is being stimulated more frequently, it is easier for seniors with memory challenges to maintain their level of cognitive function and independence. Research shows that people who engage in socialization in the earlier stages of memory loss are better able to slow down its progression than those who do not.
To ensure that our residents have the best experience, our staff takes time to understand their needs and preferences. We pride ourselves in making sure that no resident is put in a situation that will be overwhelming or frustrating for them. Luckily, we have so many opportunities for socialization to be able to find something that works for every resident.
Our community allows for both formal and informal socialization activities to provide enjoyment and security to residents and their caregivers. Our enrichment director plans formal activities (which can be found on our community activity calendar) such as art and therapy classes. Our staff also encourages residents to engage in informal activities, such as chatting with friends, taking a trip down the hall, and eating meals with neighbors and staff members.
These are just a few of the awesome benefits of socialization for seniors with dementia at nursing homes. If you’re looking for a Mason assisted living community that can promote socialization for your loved one experiencing Alzheimer’s or dementia, look no further than Central Parke!
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Central Parke, contact our friendly team today.