These few things may seem to us, very common actions to undertake but do require in fact, the involvement of specifics intellectual abilities/functions themselves related to different regions of the brain. Then, a supposed to be very “easy” task to perform requires in real, much more (but sadly often unsuccessful) efforts from those affected by this neuro-degenerative disease exhausting their energy and their caregivers.
However, studies indicate that good socialization experiences decrease over time stress, depression, anxiety and other behavioral disorders from the patient. On the contrary, repeated bad socialization experiences may be harmful for people with dementia. Indeed, stressful, they disrupt the patients and raise the anxiety and agitation. As to the absence of social stimulation, it brings over time a feeling of loneliness and abandon with a negative impact on their already declining condition.
According to some researchers, these designed activities would also allow the cognitive/brain functions to remain actives through their repeated use. Such designed stimulations would then allow the brain to draw in its “cognitive reserve” and may even activate, the “cerebral plasticity”. Anyway, for a short period of time, it breaks the feeling of being inadapted, the feeling of loneliness and agitation raised by situations of high tension and misunderstanding settled over time within families.
Ms Hendi LINGIAH