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Solution Name:​​ Improving Social Interaction​​ 

SKU:​​ EEFSIDASTOT

Solution Plan: ​​ 

Solutions for Improving Social Interactions for Persons with Dementia

In the home setting:​​ 

Stay true to oneself:​​ Maintain a social calendar, things like lunch dates or game nights.

Timing:​​ Plan social visits for the time when​​ the individual with Dementia feels best,​​ not when it’s best for the visitor.​​ Closer to sundown may cause more confusion, “sundowning”.​​ 

Choosing the right place:​​ ​​ Busy​​ settings full of noise and people are often stressful for someone with dementia. Visits should occur in environments that are calm, quieter, and uncluttered.

Stay prepared:​​ Make sure that friends and family have appropriate expectations. Explain the nature of the​​ disease and what changes to expect. Prepare an activity that can be shared during a visit, like singing a song,​​ looking through old photo albums, or taking a walk. This can give​​ the individual​​ something to focus on. Show​​ the individual with dementia​​ pictures of​​ who may be​​ coming to visit, to prepare.

Learn​​ How to Interact
Let visitors know they should
​​ be natural and go with any changes​​ ​​ and follow these guidelines:
– Speak softly.

– Talk slowly and avoid quick phrases.

– Be prepared for emotional outbursts, and don’t respond angrily.

– Maintain eye contact

– Identify the person with dementia by name, to let them know when they’re being addressed.

– Prepare to repeat what’s​​ 
said.​​ 
– Use common words or phrases.

– Use props or point to objects, if needed.

– Be prepared for forgetfulness and confusion.

– Look interested in what is being said.

Activities:​​ 

  • Listen to music​​ 

  • Puzzles

  • Crosswords

  • Sewing

  • Solitaire​​ 

  • Naming the presidents

  • Gardening​​ 

  • Counting coins

  • Cooking​​ 

  • Sudoku

Required Materials:​​ N/A

 

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