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The Impact Of Socialization For Those With Memory Loss

Combat The Negative Effects of isolation.

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Socialization plays an important role in the overall wellbeing of all humans, no matter their age. Through research, we’ve learned that spending time with friends, neighbors and family members throughout the later stages of life can help maintain and improve quality of life, physical health and mental health for seniors.

This is particularly true for those with memory loss — the benefits of socializing are significant, although they may find fewer opportunities to do so. If driving and/or getting out of the house has become more difficult, their support system has become limited or their memory impairment interferes with participating in activities, older adults tend to socialize less as they age.

But that doesn’t mean it has to be that way! A strong social support system — as found at The Oaks at Flower Mound — can help reduce stress, ward off anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of some physical health concerns. One study found that cognitive abilities declined 70 percent more slowly in individuals who had frequent social connections in comparison with those who had little social contact.

Socialization brings a greater sense of belonging.

Feeling lonely or isolated can have a physical and emotional impact on older adults. Seniors who are chronically lonely often have elevated systolic blood pressure and are also at greater risk for depression. Socialization, when provided in a safe, structured manner, can make a positive difference in the quality of life for those impaired by dementia. Memory care at The Oaks helps ensure your loved one stays as healthy and connected as possible in a supportive, family-like setting.

We incorporate daily socialization through not only companionship and conversation but also purposeful programming. Residents are able to realize the many health benefits of being social as we utilize therapeutic technologies and innovative techniques to bring regular socialization and a sense of belonging into their daily routine. Surrounded by a strong social network at The Oaks at Flower Mound, your loved one can experience stress reduction, better physical health and fewer psychological problems such as depression and anxiety.