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September 29, 2023

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

Category: Memory Care

Author: Julie Sabo, 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 Vitalia Westlake 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. They can play a significant role in the well-being of individuals living with dementia. These interests can help maintain a sense of identity, improve communication, provide cognitive stimulation, boost emotional well-being, and enhance overall quality of life. Families and caregivers should prioritize these interests and find ways to incorporate them into the daily routines of those they are caring for.

Interests and hobbies can be modified to accommodate the abilities and needs of individuals living with dementia. Modifying hobbies can help maintain a sense of purpose, engagement, and enjoyment for people with dementia, while also providing cognitive and emotional benefits.

Engagement can offer several benefits to someone living with dementia. While the disease is a progressive neurological condition that impairs cognitive functions and memory, meaningful engagement and events can help improve the quality of life for individuals with dementia. It’s important to note the type and level of engagement should be tailored to the individual’s interests, abilities, and stage of dementia. What works for one person may not work for another, so it’s essential to assess preferences and adjust events accordingly. 

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® Westlake in Westlake, OH offers independent living +, 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 UH St. John Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic Avon with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Meadowood Golf Course, Crocker Park, Clague Playhouse, Porter Library, Westlake Rec Center, Sibling Revelry Brewery, Bradley Woods Reservation, Huntington Reservation, and White Oaks Restaurant.

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