Living with dementia can sometimes make it hard to connect with others. You may experience challenges that make it hard to get out and about, or you might find some social situations challenging. This can make it hard to maintain relationships, or do the things you enjoy.
Dementia Caring is here to help you stay connected to others, and live life to the full. Here are seven ideas to help you stay socially active and engaged in your local community. If you need help, please get in touch with our team.
- Enjoy your favourite hobby with others
There’s something for everyone, whether you love bushwalking, art classes, dancing or cooking. Search for clubs that welcome people of all abilities and ages, and spend time with people who have a similar interest to you. If you need help getting started, chat to your family members or carer. They may be able to help you come up with ideas, and access activities that you’re interested in.
- Chat to your loved ones about how you can be more social
If you’re living with dementia, making some simple adjustments can make it easier to socialise with others and keep in touch with the people you live. This could include spending time in smaller groups, going to quieter places such as someone’s home, having an option (and a private space) to take a break if you’re getting tired, or visiting places that are familiar to you, such as a local park.
- Look for a dementia-friendly community
In Australia, there are many places where you can get peer support from other people living with dementia. It’s a great way to meet people who face the same challenges as you, brainstorm ideas, get the support you need, and enjoy time with other people who understand what you’re going through. To learn more about how to get support in your area, please get in touch with our team.
- Crack out the boardgames!
Board games are a simple, fun and creative way to enjoy time with loved ones. Best of all, they’re great for all ages and abilities. Do you love drawing? Try a game of Pictionary. Enjoy strategic game play? Try cards. Even a simple game of checkers can be a great way to keep your brain active while spending quality time with others.
- Use technology to stay connected
One of the great things about digital technology is how it helps us stay connected, even if we face barriers that make it difficult to regularly meet up in person. Set up a regular video chat with friends and family members who you don’t get to see as often. Aside from catching up, you can do a fun activity together online, show your pets or latest hobbies, or watch your favourite TV show together.
- unteer and give back to your community
Offering your time and skills to help others not only feels good, but also gives you a chance to be part of a friendly teaVolm. Today, there are so many opportunities for people to make a contribution, no matter their age or ability. Whether you cook meals for others, read books to younger children at your local library, helping out at an animal shelter, or help take care of a community garden, volunteering can be a great addition to your life.
- Get the support you need
You may like to consider whether getting help from a professional carer can help you be more social, and make it easier for you to take part in activities. A government-funded Home Care Package can help you with transport, attending appointments and activities, mobility challenges, or establishing a healthy routine. If you haven’t yet explored your options, you can do so by calling 1800 200 422.
Dementia Caring provides personalised care that helps people with dementia stay connected with others, and engage with community life. As an aged care provider, we’ll help you use your funding to get the most out of life, no matter your ability. To find out more, please get in touch with our customer service team.