Emotions Linger Longer

Hello everyone,

Last month, DailyCaring.com had a great article by Dr. Elaine Eshbaugh about how the emotions of a person with dementia (whether positive or negative emotions) can remain with the individual long after the situation or event that caused the emotion to occur. For example, if you startle a person with dementia by coming up from behind them or speaking too loudly, that person may remain agitated for the whole afternoon. Out initial interactions with people with dementia, therefore, are critical.

Below is a link to the full article. We encourage you to take a look, and pay special attention to the tips she gives for smart ways to begin an interaction with someone who has dementia:

How Emotion Lasts Longer Than Cognition In and Out of Dementialand

Have a great week!

Benefits of resident engagement

Hello everyone,

A study published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship posed the question, “Is an Engaging or Soothing Environment Associated With the Psychological Well-Being of People with Dementia in Long-Term Care?” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27802364)

Well…what do you think the researchers learned? They found that an engaging environment was associated with more positive emotional expressions, and that a soothing environment was associated with neither positive nor negative emotional expressions.

In terms of resident-focused care, this is important to consider as we plan care and activities for those residents with dementia. While a soothing environment may be beneficial during times of agitation, the default should be an engaging environment, which can result in more positive emotions overall.

Have a great week!