Dementia affects reasoning, judgement, and memory, and gets worse over time. One in four Canadians aged 85 and over have been diagnosed with dementia. As a result, finding opportunities to maintain or improve the quality of life of people living with this condition is of top importance to older adults, caregivers, and health and social professionals.
Research evidence shows that people with dementia have the ability to learn and retain new information when it’s presented in a way they understand. As such, people with dementia shouldn’t exclude themselves from conversations and decision-making related to their health. They should advocate for themselves in personal care conversations and express their needs and wishes. This involvement can help improve their health outcomes and quality of life.
For those living with dementia, various types of sensory stimulation, such as hand massage, can help improve behaviours and general wellbeing. There is also evidence that physical exercise may help people with dementia better perform activities of daily living, assisting them in maintaining their independence.
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