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Can Social Interactions Help in Preventing Dementia? What Does the Research Say?

Dementia- this is a state of a person’s brain which gets affected and the person becomes chronically ill. A state in which the person’s daily affairs start getting affected because of the mental state. More often than not, a person starts finding himself in having issues with remembering the things or thinking in a reasonable manner. It can also have an effect on the person’s outward behavior. Such as a person’s memory, problem-solving skills, visual perception, managing one’s own self can start getting affected. Dementia can both be severe and mild. In the mild form of dementia, normally, a person finds it hard to remember things correctly or on time. While, in the severe form of dementia, a person becomes totally dependent upon others for the slightest of things.

Types of Dementia

There are different sort of dementias which a person can get affected with. Some are as follows:

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. Lewy Body Dementia
  3. Frontotemporal Disorders
  4. Vascular Dementia

In dementia, a person’s healthy neurons normally start getting affected in which the neurons at first start losing their connection with other brain cells and subsequently they die. Although, it is very normal to start losing one’s neurons as one gets older. In the state of dementia, a person loses its neurons on a greater level.

Dementia is normally said to be more common amongst people who start getting old; but, this is not considered to be the normal part of aging. Frontotemporal disorder, a type of dementia is often diagnosed in people of middle-age. Moreover, having more than one dementia is also possible since a person can get affected by both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia at the same time.

Social Interaction or Social Networking for Those Affected With Dementia

It is said and researched that people who are more active socially experience less of dementia. People who have a larger circle of people where they can sit and talk experience less form of depressed thoughts.

This has also been reported in the Indian context that with time and most probably by the year 2021, the population of aged people will increase by twice the rate of young people. Because many young people are not ready to give birth to children which in the result, is drastically increasing the population of people getting old.

The same report also states that people who age in a joint family system feel a sense of worthiness and feel less isolated than people who belong to a nuclear family system.

However, the study also says that it is somewhat confusing to correlate between the social network and the decline in one’s cognitive abilities. Nevertheless, some of the studies reportedly say that it doesn’t matter how many people a person has around him. What matters the most is that whether the relationship that a person has with such persons around him is of any quality or not. Because having a relationship which has the quality will surely affect a person’s cognitive as well as physical behavior.

Social networks involve a number of things.

  1. Being socially active can lead a person towards a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Socially active people can have less stressful experience as compared to an isolated person.
  3. Some cultural factors also affect the social networks and the health of a person.

Conclusion

In conclusion, some of the questions which studies still have to prove are unanswered. It’s not really clear whether having a social network really helps in reducing the factor of developing dementia or other cognitive declines.

This still needs to be answered because the aforementioned question has still not been fully researched and thus it’s difficult to make claims as such.

References

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3038528/

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