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September 29, 2023

Vitalia Strongsville Memory Care Discusses Creating Engagement with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Maria Sady, Memory Care Director

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 Vitalia Strongsville 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. Knowing someone’s past interest could help with diverting or preventing behaviors. Following pursuits residents enjoy adds meaning to their lives. Assisting someone with their favorite interests and reminiscing brings back happy memories. Continuing to do as much as residents can, at their current ability level, keeps them active and helps maintain their skills longer.

Residents’ interests and hobbies can be modified to reflect their current abilities. Most, if not all, tasks can and should be modified depending on where the person is in their journey. A person living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia doesn’t have to give up the things he or she enjoys. For example, if someone loved to play cards and is no longer able, we can modify by having the person sort the cards by suit or color. Modifying tasks to the person’s level of participation enhances their quality of life.

There are many benefits to staying active and engaged. It provides structure, a consistent routine, providing needed predictability and stability. Engagement gives the person a feeling of productivity, reduces challenging behaviors, decreases depression, and improves sleep. Staying engaged improves residents’ quality of life by increasing positive emotions, boosting self-esteem, and making use of their skills.

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.

VITALIA® Strongsville in Strongsville, OH 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 Southwest General Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mallard Creek, Southpark Mall, Strongsville Historical Society, The Greens of Strongsville Shopping , and Don’s Pomeroy House.

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