Isolation Impacts Alzheimer's
When someone with memory loss feels confused or befuddled, one reaction is to withdraw. But by removing themselves from all social situations, they are actually causing more harm than good. Isolating themselves may have short-term comfort, but the long term effects can be devastating.
According to research, isolation of those with memory loss and their caregivers can shorten their lifespans. The absence of stimulation and socialization has negative physical and neurological effects. Feelings of loneliness have contributed to quicker cognitive decline as well as to long-term health issues.
Alzheimer's experts stress the importance of keeping those with memory loss and their caregivers engaged in activities that stimulate the mind and body. Don't cut yourself off from the activities that you enjoy. AARP strongly suggests protecting your social time, see why in the article below.
Looking for social activities with other caregivers and their loved ones who have memory loss? Alzheimer's San Diego hosts a calendar of activities each month of fun outings.
Concerned about inappropriate behavior in public? The National Institute on Aging has a handy guide for planning for public outings to reduce your stress.