Published on: January 2, 2016
by Anthony Joseph for Daily Mail:
Visiting loved ones with dementia does benefit them even if they no longer recognise you, a charity claims.
Research carried out by Alzheimer’s Society said a poll of members of the public revealed 42% ‘mistakenly’ felt that once a loved one could stopped remembering them ‘they don’t benefit a lot from spending time with them’.
The research also found 64% of people with dementia felt isolated from friends and family following diagnosis.
Some 68% responded they would still keep up visits, but the charity said: ‘Despite these good intentions, the lack of awareness of how important emotional memory is may mean that in their busy lives, people don’t always follow up on their intentions and over half of those living with dementia are left feeling isolated.’
The charity added that some sufferers still had an ’emotional memory’, saying visits could ‘stimulate feelings of familiarity, happiness, comfort and security’.
Two in five (41%) also said being unable to recognise friends and family would make them feel most isolated, ahead of a relationship breakdown or divorce at 19%.
In a separate survey of 300 people with dementia, 54% said they were rarely or no longer taking part in social activity and 51% said having someone to help them get involved would make them less lonely.
Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said: ‘ After spending time with friends and family over the festive period, New Year can be a bleak and lonely time for people with dementia and their carers.
‘It’s so important for people with dementia to feel connected throughout the year.
‘Spending time with loved ones and taking part in meaningful activities can have a powerful and positive impact, even if they don’t remember the event itself.
‘We’re urging people to get in touch with us and find out how we can help you stay connected.’
On Mother’s Day, amazing support for women’s brain health and our initiative from Robin Wright, Diane Lane, Trudie Styler, Teddy Sears, Martha Stewart, Tonya Lewis Lee, Marcia Gay Harden, Donna Karan, and Cecile Richards.
Here’s some of the “Best Brain Boosts” we’ve discovered to help women boost their brain health, providing a buffer against cognitive decline.
Thanks to the ongoing support of our partner Brain Canada, and The Citrine Foundation of Canada, Women’s Brain Health Initiative’s newest edition of MIND OVER MATTER has just been published. Loaded with interesting science-based articles, MIND OVER...
The material presented through the Think Tank feature on this website is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. WBHI strongly advises all questioners and viewers using this feature with health problems to consult a qualified physician, especially before starting any treatment. The materials provided on this website cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. The materials are not exhaustive and cannot always respect all the most recent research in all areas of medicine.