People who know and spend time with a range of other people (i.e., larger social networks) tend to have better brain health. They tend to do better on memory and thinking tests. The same goes for people with dementia, those who are more socially active tend to do better on memory tests.
Spend time with friends
People with dementia describe how their diagnosis has brought them closer to some of their family and friends. Discussing their diagnosis and receiving support from these people was seen as a positive experience and helped them feel better.
However, others describe dementia as a social disease. They find that friends often fall away, they stop being invited to events, and some people don’t know how to talk to them. Some people with dementia avoid social situations because they’re worried about how others will treat them, or that they’ll embarrass themselves. Many people with dementia feel more isolated after their diagnosis.