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September 29, 2023

The Princeton Senior Living Memory Care Discusses Creating Engagement with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Ciara Hernandez, Memory Care Director

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 The Princeton Senior Living 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. Knowing their past interests and passions can help with keeping residents’ day-to-day life meaningful. This can help spark memories for them to be able to share with us, helping build relationships. Establishing a sense of purpose and routine, enhances their quality of life. This is key to person-centered care.

Interests and hobbies can be modified to reflect their current abilities. Just about any pursuit can be modified so anyone can participate. There are so many benefits to participating in meaningful functions, like helping encourage social interaction and stimulating their senses.

Engagement creates a sense of purpose and establishes a routine which enhances residents’ quality of life. Meaningful engagement can help them in the maintenance of their cognition, physical, and social skills. Keeping residents engaged can help them feel involved in life, which reduces agitation, depression, and anger.

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.

The Princeton Senior Living in Lee's Summit, MO offers independent senior apartments, 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 Lees Summit Medical Center and St. Lukes East with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Shamrock Hills Golf Club, Fred Arbanas Golf Course, Summit Fair Shopping, Summit Woods Crossing, Legacy Park StoneHaus Farms Winery, James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife, StoneHaus Winery, and Longview Lake.

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