As people age, some form of active socialization can have a positive effect on one’s health. However, the sad truth is that many of the elderly slowly lose their social contacts and it is important to not sit and wither away, but rather to engage in some form of social activity.
A study in the American Journal of Health showed that women who maintained social networks reduced their risk of dementia and delayed or prevented cognitive impairment.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as many as 28 percent of seniors aged 65 years and older are living alone. Seniors diagnosed with dementia are at a higher risk of social isolation, leading to serious consequences for the patient.
If you have a senior loved one who is suffering from dementia, it is critical to engage that person in suitable social activities. Including them in group activities ensures they feel loved and cared for. Furthermore, individuals who have an extensive amount of support from their families are at a lower risk of developing memory-loss symptoms.
When individuals socialize and interact with their peers and family members, they require thinking and conversing to respond. Scientists have concluded that the simple exchange of socializing certainly stimulates the brain cells and new brain synapses. The result nourishes the creation of new nerve cells. The introduction of social engagement daily to the elderly is what keeps them mentally engaged.
Seeing a loved one with cognitive impairment can be quite painful, but allowing them to socialize and participate in a day filled with group activities not only encourages their independence, but improves their cognitive skills and overall quality of life. An adult day care center should offer group activities for your loved one, focusing on their individual physical and mental ability.
At Right Choice Adult Care and Activity Center we understand the basic need of socialization and work daily to develop not only stimulating group activities, but activities that encourage social interaction AND cognitive stimulation.
Contact us to chat and determine what the best course of action is for your loved one. (407) 574-4751.