How you can ward off Alzheimer’s with good social support

If you want to ward off Alzheimer’s, it turns out that visiting friends, picnicking with others, attending parties, and even going to church might be just as good for you as crossword puzzles.

Aged elderly care services social support outing

John and Katie shopping during social support outing

Social Support and ageing …

As we age, we tend to lose important social connections such as family and friends. It’s a natural result that comes about by retirement, the loss of friends and spouses to death and illness, and through family and friendly neighbours moving out of the area.

The result tends to be a significant reduction in daily social contact and stimulation, and this in turn has a direct impact on an older person’s mental and physical health.

How this helps John …

Coming from Britain, John relished a visit to the British Lolly Shop and the free tasting was a highlight for his day and bought back memories from his youth! John also got the chance to take some lollies back home to share as well.

Once a week  Katie and John go out for a couple of hours as part of John’s social support services. These outings  provide social stimulation and a change of scenery for John. He enjoys being out in the community and the chance to visit once familiar places. Sometimes they have coffee and cake and sometimes they see and do things to keep John engaged.

Research says …

Research, such as that done by the Rush University Medical Center, has shown that regular social interaction may help to prevent or delay cognitive decline in the elderly.*

Are you too busy?

In these busy times we often don’t have the free time to stop in often for a coffee with Mum or Dad. Thankfully programs and support are available within our community so that our loved ones do not miss out on these vital activities.

A Platinum social support visit makes a perfect “Gift of Time” for a loved one.


Late-Life Social Activity and Cognitive Decline in Old Age, Bryan D. James, et al. Nov 2011, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Chicago, Illinois