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Be socially active

Staying connected socially helps you stay connected mentally. Research shows that regularly interacting with others may help lessen your risk of developing dementia. Social activity also helps people with dementia to continue to engage and feel fulfilled, improving their quality of life.

Maintain old friendships and make new ones. Stay social through work, volunteer activities, travel, hobbies, family and friends. Be open to new experiences.

Staying active and involved with life also helps to reduce stress, boost mood and keep relationships strong.

Tips for staying social

  • Accept invitations and extend a few of your own.
  • Make the most of your daily opportunities to socialize – chat with your taxi driver or store clerk; make conversation in the elevator.
  • Help someone – practice a random act of kindness.
  • Talk on the telephone or correspond via e-mail.
  • Participate in service clubs, volunteer work, or join a hobby group.
  • Combine social interaction with physical activity (such as a walk or a fitness class) or a brain-challenging activity (such as a book club discussion or attending a play) – and enjoy yourself while you positively impact your brain health.
  • Laugh – smile at someone.
  • For more great ways to take action on brain health, visit our BrainBooster® activity pages.

Bea Kraayenhof

After my diagnosis, I realized the healthiest thing for me was to live life to the fullest. I still love making greeting cards, collecting recipes, reading, and attending dances and events. Getting out and staying socialized is so important for people with dementia.
- Bea Kraayenhof (center), living with frontotemporal dementia

Note: Your abilities, health and interests should be taken into consideration when choosing brain healthy activities. If you have questions about your own situation, speak to your doctor or health care provider.


Last Updated: 08/14/12
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