64% Of People Living with Dementia Feel Isolated Following a Diagnosis

New research from the Alzheimer's Society finds forty two per cent of people incorrectly think that when a dementia sufferer ceaes to recognising loved ones, they don't benefit much from spending time with them. In another survey of three hundred people with dementia, the Alzheimer Society also found that 64 per cent of those living with the condition felt isolated from friends and family following a diagnosis. Alzheimer's Society is now calling on people to make a positive resolution to spend time with people with dementia and help them take part in activities they enjoy to keep connected. After the festive season, people with dementia and their carers may face long, dark days ahead until they next spend time socialising or getting out of the house.  As the condition progresses, many people with dementia may find it difficult to recognise faces of friends and family members, but will still hold an 'emotional memory' which means they continue to feel happy long after a visit or experience that they may have forgotten. Spending time with loved ones is important because it can stimulate feelings of familiarity, happiness, comfort and security. Staying connected and taking part in activities helps a person with dementia feel less isolated. The survey of people affected by dementia found that over half (54%) of people with the condition were no longer taking part in any or hardly any social activities. Almost half (48%) said that what would help people with dementia most to stay connected is seeing family and friends more often, and having someone to help them take part in activities and hobbies (51%).

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