September 29, 2023

The Boulevard Senior Living – St. Charles Memory Care Discusses Creating Engagement with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Senior Living

Author: Elizabeth Thompson, Regional Director of Memory Care

In a world that thrives on communication, connection, and shared experiences, dementia poses unique challenges. It affects not only an individual’s memory, but also their very essence. As the number of individuals living with dementia continues to rise, it becomes increasingly important to explore ways to foster meaningful engagement.

Dementia can be an isolating and disorienting condition, creating a feeling of disconnect from the world they once knew and loved. However, beneath the surface of cognitive decline lies the enduring essence of the individual waiting to be nurtured and cherished. By embracing empathy, patience, and creativity we can create experiences that transcend memory loss and provide a lifeline to the person within.

Join us at The Boulevard Senior Living – St. Charles on a journey to unlock the potential for engagement and connection with your loved one living with dementia. Together, we will discover the power of human connection that transcends the boundaries of memory, and in doing so, enrich the lives of those touched by this challenging condition.

Past hobbies and interests are important to know about someone; a person’s past matters when they have dementia. Their life history, memories, and experiences significantly influence their emotional well-being and how they respond to their condition. Memories can provide comfort and a sense of identity even as short-term memory diminishes. Understanding a person’s life history and preferences can aid caregivers in providing more compassionate and person-centered care. It can also help family members and healthcare professionals better connect with and support individuals with dementia as they navigate the challenges of their condition.

Pursuits can and should be modified to suit the different stages of dementia. As dementia progresses, individuals may experience varying levels of cognitive impairment, physical abilities, and emotional states. Adapting things to the individual’s current abilities and preferences is crucial for promoting engagement and reducing agitation or frustration. Flexibility and patience are key when working with people at different stages of dementia. Caregivers should be prepared to modify or switch functions based on the person’s response and comfort level.

Engagement is crucial for individuals living with dementia as it offers a range of benefits, including cognitive stimulation, emotional well-being, improved communication, enhanced quality of life, behavioral management, physical health, social connection, and stronger caregiver relationships. Tailored and meaningful tasks that align with the person’s interests and abilities are essential for maximizing these advantages, helping individuals maintain their well-being and sense of identity as dementia progresses.

When it comes to engaging someone living with dementia, patience, empathy, and creativity are the keys to fostering meaningful connections. By embracing a person-centered approach, we can unlock a world of possibilities, enabling individuals with dementia to continue experiencing joy, connection, and a sense of purpose. Remember, it’s not about fixing what’s broken, but rather cherishing the unique qualities that make each person special. Together we can create moments of engagement where those living with dementia are valued and cherished for who they are, not just who they were.

The Boulevard Senior Living of Saint Charles in St. Charles, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital St. Charles with convenient access to major shopping centers and clubs, including St. Peters Golf Club, Mid Rivers Mall, Katy Trail, Main Street St. Charles, New Town at St.Charles, and the Streets of St. Charles.

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