The world quickly realized the importance of socialization during the recent global pandemic. For those living with Memory Loss, socialization is even more important for their mental, emotional, and physical health. The brain can be physically affected by social isolation, especially when it is an ongoing challenge. Below, we discuss to power of socialization for both people living with Memory Loss and their care partners.
Benefits of Socialization for People with Memory Loss
Socialization can mean many things to different people. For those living with Memory Loss, the ability to properly communicate with others, even their care partners or spouses, is an important aspect to having self-worth and self-confidence.
Socialization can help with mental stimulation. This can include holding a conversation, playing a card game, or attending a hobby class.
Improved Mood and Emotional Well-Being
The overwhelming feeling of isolation can be lifted with socialization opportunities. Having something to focus on can brighten a person’s mood and improve their emotional well-being.
Increased Cognitive Abilities
Memory Loss affects the functions of the brain for communication, intellect, and the ability to perform reasoning. Maintaining an active brain through socialization can help increase cognitive abilities.
Positive Impact on Physical Health
Research has found a link between socialization activities and a person’s physical health. Our minds are stimulated by physical movement.
Reduced Risk of Further Memory Loss
Increasing the brain activity can help to slow down the progress of Memory Loss. Simple mental and physical activities encourage the brain to function and be challenged.
Strategies to Encourage Socialization for People Living with Memory Loss
Regardless of the level of Memory Loss, there are strategies to try to encourage socialization for those living with Memory Loss. This condition can cause a person to withdraw from society due to embarrassment and/or shame in relation to their forgetfulness.
Create a Supportive Environment
When it comes to Memory Loss and Alzheimer Care, it is important to form a circle of support within the environment of the person living with Memory Loss. This can be seen with discussions with close family and friends who have regular contact.
Encourage Participation in Social Activities
Participation in social activities can be met by resistance by the person living with Memory Loss. Introducing your loved one to programs in our Premium Day Program for just 4 hours weekly to start, can help them get used to social activities and programs in a safe, supportive and judgement-free environment.
Find Appropriate Social Opportunities
It is vital the appropriate social opportunity is sought as not every activity will be beneficial to the person living with Memory Loss. Base these opportunities on activities that present a positive outcome without causing undue stress or anxiety.
Facilitate Communication During Socialization
Be alert for any signs of withdrawal from the conversation. People living with Memory Loss may need a moment to collect their thoughts or they may need someone to help in their communication.
Supporting Socialization for People with Memory Loss
Memory Loss and other Memory Care requires support from many different sources.
The Role of Family Members and Caregivers
As loving family members, close friends, and care partners, it can be hard to step back and allow the person living with Memory Loss to perform daily tasks. As long as there is no potential harm or risk to dangerous situations, it’s important to support and encourage the person to continue performing tasks independently to enhance their self-esteem and preserve their dignity.
Resources Available to Support Socialization
With Respite for Alzheimer’s care partners, there are resources to assist in the caring for those living with Memory Loss. Respite allows the care partner to complete their own tasks and recharge while providing an opportunity for the person living with Memory Loss to also have new social experiences.
Training and Education for Family Members and Caregivers
The same resources may help family and care partners to better understand the best approach to caring for someone with Memory Loss. Training and education programs can outline socialization suggestions and support.
Book a Tour at Our Memory Care Home for Your Loved Ones
Contact Memory & Company in Oakville or Markham to learn more about our Memory Loss and Memory Care programs. We offer personalized guided tours at our Respite Hotel and Premium Day Program to encourage new socialization opportunities.