Because Alzheimer’s disease can affect the part of the brain involved in initiative and social conduct, sufferers often socialize less well with friends and family.

The reluctance to socialize could also be due to fears of being unable to remember names and faces, or the inability to successfully interact in familiar settings. At San Gabriel, we nurture ongoing interest and engagement in life by encouraging visits from family and friends, and incorporating personally relevant activities into our residents’ routines. These social encounters reflect a former rhythm of life, which help our residents enjoy days full of meaning and purpose.