Social Engagement Opportunities for People Living with Dementia
Social engagement is important for all of us, including people living with dementia. Participating in activities with others stimulates brain activity and provides opportunities to express feelings and emotions, decreasing frustrations and stress. Being with others helps counter loneliness and can improve a sense of well-being and bring an increased sense of purpose and self-confidence.
Dementia Friendly WNC is directly involved with two social engagement opportunities for people living with dementia – Livin’ Life support group and the Asheville Art Museum’s Connections program. Please see our Resources page for additional opportunities.
DFWNC in collaboration with Mountain Care sponsors a bi-monthly support group for people living with dementia. The “Livin” Life” group provides space for small group discussion, information sharing and support between peers.
Mountain Care is located at 68 Sweeten Creek Road. The group meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the month from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Call 828-230-4143 for more information.
Asheville Art Museum’s Connections is an arts-based program for people with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners. Trained docents take small groups on in-person or virtual guided tours that stimulate conversation about the pieces viewed and conversation among participants and staff. Hands-on, interactive activities are offered that relate to the guided tour. For more information, visit https://www.ashevilleart.org/learn/adult-programs/connections/about-connections/