Did you know that just one hour a week of interaction is all it takes to help boost the mood of dementia patients?
It has been reported that the amount of social interaction with dementia patients varies at each care facility, but unfortunately, the average amount of time is very low, usually only just a few minutes of interaction.
With the dementia epidemic growing at a rapid rate, things need to be done to help those impacted to make the process as painless as possible. Care centers are starting new programs designed to boost interaction by chatting with resident with dementia. This can help increase their interests and quality of life. These interactions have already shown to reduce levels of aggression and agitation.
The approach of just sitting and talking about interests and current events with dementia patients has already been seeing significant improvements, especially those with moderate to severe dementia.
The National Institute of Health ran a trial of increasing interaction time with dementia patients in care centers and has been seeing the many benefits. The workers involved in these programs do need to undergo training on interaction policies, activities and how to improve the overall well-being of their residents. The key is to really get to know the individual, like their preferences and interests. The whole experience turns out to be rewarding for all involved.
By reading this blog, I acknowledge that I am not creating or entering a clinical or medical relationship with Dr. DenBoer and SMART Brain Aging. I understand that all materiel included in this blog is strictly for informational purposes only. The content is to provide me with information and knowledge and I will not substitute it for diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. I am aware the author does not hold a medical degree or license and is simply providing me additional information on a variety of health topics.