Dementia patients socialise?

One hour of social interaction a week could work wonders

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When people with dementia become withdrawn

When a person with dementia doesn't seem to be aware of other people or is quite unresponsive, we may describe them as being 'withdrawn'. It can be difficult to know what to do in these situations. If someone seems to be spending much of their time disconnected from social interaction and activity, it is important to explore why this is happening and investigate any possible unmet needs. It may be that the person is tired or it may be because they are feeling bored or cut off from others. This feature explores some of the reasons why a person with dementia may appear withdrawn and what we can do to help.

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'It's good to talk,' dementia study finds

"Just one hour a week of social interaction helps dementia patients," reports The Guardian. Researchers working with care homes found that training staff to deliver personalised care reduced people's distress and improved their quality of life.

Care home staff spent 60 minutes a week with each patient, talking to them about their lives and interests, and tailoring activities to things they enjoy.

Managing and providing a better quality of life for the estimated 850,000 people with dementia in the UK is a significant challenge.

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