How to Help Someone With Dementia Live Well

Apr 15, 2024 | Caregivers

While there’s no cure for dementia, there are things you can do to make your loved one as happy and comfortable as possible. Despite their diagnosis, they still have time left, maybe many years, so you should do everything you can to help them live well.

What Is Wellness?

Wellness is a “lifestyle approach for pursuing physical and psychological well-being.” The idea of wellness recognizes that to live a truly healthy and balanced life, one must feel good physically, emotionally, mentally and even spiritually. Individuals need to feel that our lives are good and purposeful and that we contribute to the world around us. When we feel good physically and beyond, we’re experiencing well-being. 

The Six Dimensions of Wellness

Most professionals view wellness under the 6 Dimensions of Wellness model, which categorizes wellness into the following six types:

  1. Emotional Wellness
  2. Occupational Wellness
  3. Physical Wellness
  4. Social Wellness
  5. Intellectual Wellness
  6. Spiritual Wellness

Ways You Can Help Someone With Dementia Live Well 

Wellness is important for all of us, but it’s especially so for older adults. It’s difficult to avoid all health problems as we age, but cultivating wellness, even later in life, can help to manage physical and mental health and even prevent some problems. 

In our resource library, you’ll find articles that can give you insight into common dementia-related issues, as well as caregiver tips and senior living guides. Below, we’ve gathered a few of these resources that can help you to cultivate a life of wellness for your loved one with dementia.

Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness refers to your loved one’s emotional health.

Occupational Wellness

Occupational wellness often relates to someone’s career, but can also mean how someone feels about their life and their role in the world around them. Individuals living with dementia may be suffering from cognitive decline, but they still have feelings and want to feel important and like they have a purpose in life. 

Physical Wellness and Safety

Although wellness recognizes that physical wellness is only a piece of the puzzle, it’s still important.

Social Wellness

Social wellness refers to how one socializes with others, and whether or not they feel socially fulfilled.

Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness encourages an individual to utilize and expand their knowledge and creative skills – in other words, to keep their mind active.

Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual wellness can be religious in nature, but it doesn’t have to be. It just refers to someone’s morals and ethics and how that relates to their life, as well as their sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Your Wellness Matters, Too!

If you’re the caregiver for a loved one with dementia, remember – your wellness matters, too! 

Personal, Professional Care for Dementia in Round Rock, Texas

Sundara isn’t like those big corporate facilities. We’re locally owned and operated in Round Rock, Texas, and we are intentionally small. Our space is small, intimate and homelike, because it’s been proven that smaller environments are less stressful and more comforting for individuals with dementia. Our care team is small, so they can really take the time to get to know each resident. And we’re small, because when we founded Sundara, we asked ourselves one important question – what would we want for our own parents?

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