Is there a good substitute for family connection?
August 25, 2012 6:20 PM Subscribe
How can I help my grandma feel less lonely? She has dementia and alzheimers, but it still pretty together most of the time. She should be surrounded by family, but isn't- we are all so spread apart. . .
posted by abirdinthehand to human relations (13 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My Grandmother lives in an assisted living place for people with dementia. She is often quite lucid and pretty fit, considering she is 93 and only recently has taken to using a walker.
My parents live nearby, but they are the only family in that area. Consequently she is lonely when they leave her, particularly after other family members have visited.
She is not given to much socializing with the other residents, although she does participate in art and exercise classes there.
I have gotten her a magazine subscription that she likes and skype her regularly- as do other family members. However, she still seems to just have too much time on her hands and not enough family around to keep her company.
What can I do to give her something fun, to supplement the lonely hours when my parents are off doing their own thing and no one is skyping her?
She likes to draw and paint. She plays the piano. But I think she really needs human interaction more. Should I get her a dvd collection? What gives the feeling of human connection? What can distract her so that she doesn't focus on the absence of people she cares for so much?