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Is social engagement important?

By | October 21st, 2020

Socialization is really important for the family caregiver but it’s also really important for the person with dementia. That becomes more difficult when I can no longer do the things I used to do because I’m not physically or psychologically or cognitively able to play bridge or to play golf or read a book, whatever it was I had a passion for. So it’s really important because this is a disease that carries a lot of stigma, sadly, and so people with the disease withdraw from their bridge games, their golf games, their social venues because they’re struggling with it. Maybe they don’t even know why, but they just know that it’s harder to be in those situations because their brain is working so much harder to do things that were so easy. When the person with dementia becomes isolated, what happens to their care partner? They become isolated too. Living this disease in isolation doesn’t lead to good results and those are the caregivers that end up overwhelmed, having their own psychiatric issues or dying first. So socialization is really critical.

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