Often, the person with dementia feels lonely. Most often, this occurs because there is an element of isolation that takes place after the diagnosis of dementia. It appears that friends and some family withdraw from the person who has dementia. Maybe, it is because, they do not know how to respond. There are so many misconceptions about what it is like to live with a dementia diagnosis. It appears that many people form their own opinion without seeking thoughts and ideas of what it is like to live with dementia from those who are living with it.
Maintaining socialization and interaction with family and friends is crucial to the over-all, well-being of the PWD. My suggestion to those not living with the disease is to take time and learn from them about the disease. One part of learning is to research and get accurate medical information about dementia. Secondly, take time and listen to the PWD and allow them to share with you just how they are affected. Maybe sitting, face-to-face with the PWD, holding their hand and allowing them to share with you, might yield some better ideas of what it is like.
Each person's, living with dementia, journey will be different. Some of the symptoms that occur in dementia are present in all dementia. Others might be significantly different. The only way to know is to take time, one-on-one, and find the answers.
©2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.