That’s the point…

16 February 2016

What’s the point of keeping up contact with someone who doesn’t recognise you?

A survey says 42% of the public think there is no point in maintaining contact when someone reaches this stage of dementia.

But family visits at this stage can stimulate feelings of happiness, comfort and security, says the Alzheimer’s Society. “Spending time with loved ones with dementia is important even after they fail to recognise the faces of friends and family.”

Even as the condition progresses, people with dementia can still retain an “emotional memory” – they continue to feel happy long after a visit or experience that they may have forgotten.

The charity is calling on us to visit friends and relatives with dementia regularly and help them take part in activities they enjoy.

Jeremy Hughes, the society’s chief executive, says: “After spending time with friends and family over the festive period, New Year can be a bleak and lonely time for people with dementia and their carers. It’s so important for people with dementia to feel connected throughout the year.

“Spending time with loved ones and taking part in meaningful activities can have a powerful and positive impact, even if they don’t remember the event itself.”

Around 850,000 people in the UK suffer from dementia. If you care for someone with dementia and you can find time to talk with someone about it, our counsellors are here to help. Call us on 01234 356350.

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