Strong relationships, social engagement, good physical and mental health, religious beliefs, and high-quality care can improve quality of life for those living with memory loss, cognitive impairment, and other dementia symptoms. These are findings of a comprehensive study led by researchers at the University of Exeter in South West England, which aimed to identify factors that may help people with dementia live as well as possible.
The research involved a systematic review and a meta-analysis of 198 studies and more than 37,000 people. According to the researchers, demographic factors like age, gender, education, income, and marital status do not directly affect quality of life in people with dementia. Factors associated with a reduced quality of life include poor mental and/or physical health, agitation or apathy, and unmet needs.