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September 29, 2023

Vitalia Rockside Memory Care Discusses Creating Engagement with Someone Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Julia Mawby, 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 Vitalia Rockside 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. These are a key part in building engagement plans and finding unique and creative ways to engage an individual with dementia. The goal in dementia care is to provide them with as much independence and normalcy as possible; allowing residents the opportunity to engage in the things that have always been of interest to them, but with the assistance of caring staff to ensure safety and understanding throughout the experience.

Interests and hobbies can be modified to reflect their current abilities. Any pursuit can be modified to meet the current abilities of the person living with dementia. By utilizing engagement that has always been of interest to the resident, but tailoring it to meet their specific needs, provides them with more dignity and independence, allowing individuals to achieve their best quality of life.

Engagement is key for a person living with dementia. Engagement routines ensure everyone has something of interest for them throughout the day and assistance in keeping both their body and mind healthy. Engagement allows the resident to maintain their skills and provides them with more opportunities to thrive in their environment. 

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.

VITALIA® Rockside in Seven Hills, OH 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 Cleveland Clinic Mary Mount with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Gol Cleveland, Cleveland Metro Parks, Spiva Center for the Arts, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Zoo, and A Christmas Story House.

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