When a person is diagnosed with dementia it can feel like a death. The person you once had a relationship with, based on shared memories and experiences, seems to be slipping away as their ability to make new memories slowly disappears. How do you still engage, when the means by which you once connected seems to be fading? A person with a dementia diagnosis may be losing skills and abilities. However, just as you continue to have a desire to connect, your loved one’s need for meaningful connection also remains. They may no longer be able to initiate these connections and the means of connection may need to be different. A shift in your thinking may be required. Studies have shown that keeping someone with dementia active and engaged promotes a sense of self-worth, and can even keep that person independent longer. The search for new ways of connecting now begins.