Overview: Social Withdrawal

Socialization has many benefits. But for the person with dementia, it’s safer just to stay home. They could be nervous about forgetting a name or failing to recognize an important person in their life. Social withdrawal also can be caused by a desire to avoid embarrassment and having his or… Read More

5 Tips for Smoother Social Visits for Someone With Dementia

Limit the guest list. Reduce the background noise. Choose a quiet place. Sit face-to-face. Time it right. Read More

If Your Loved One is Less Interested in Family

Your loved one may be experiencing personality changes because of the person’s struggles with cognitive changes. Aware of problems with memory and other thinking skills, the person with dementia has to work hard to compensate. This means greater focus on keeping track of things, performing well, and possibly hiding deficits… Read More

How to Avoid Social Withdrawal

Set up a monthly social schedule for your family member. Observe your loved one’s reaction to different people. Understand the person’s life story. Read More

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Social Withdrawal

“I’d be so happy if you would come with me to the church picnic,” rather than, “Would you like to go to the church picnic?” “Mom, I know you didn’t want to go to lunch with Shirley. But Shirley wants to see you because she has some important news. Let’s… Read More

Approaching Your Loved One Dealing with Social Withdrawal

Surround your loved one with friends who understand and support them. Reassure your family member that you will go with them for lunch to offer support if needed. One of the benefits of socializing is a good laugh – put on a favorite movie that will make your loved one… Read More

Help for Caregivers on Social Withdrawal

Make an effort to carve out time for yourself. Plan activities that can be therapeutic for both you and your loved one. Work on building meaningful memories together. Read More

Interaction With Your Loved One When They Experience Social Withdrawal

Talk openly. Divert. Use humor. Focus on your loved one. Read More