Dementia is often associated with the elderly, yet it isn’t a normal part of aging.
Rather than a diagnosis of a specific disease, dementia is a diagnosis indicating the presence of two or more, of a wide array of symptoms, related to abnormal brain functions… Early sings of dementia include: increasing loss of memory, and language skills, for example.
People with dementia have progressively worsening problems with normal intellectual functioning, which interferes with their regular activities. And, their unreasonable behavior tends to disrupt relationships.
Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease cause progressive deterioration of mental functions, and dementia-like symptoms often appear. Blood pressure drugs, and the statins in cholesterol medicine, are common dementia risk. Changing drug dosage, or getting off them, will clear up the dementia sign.
“Doctors have identified other conditions that can cause dementia or dementia-like symptoms including reactions to medications, metabolic problems and endocrine abnormalities, nutritional deficiencies, infections, poisoning, brain tumors, anoxia or hypoxia (conditions in which the brain’s oxygen supply is either reduced or cut off entirely), and heart and lung problems… Signs of Dementia Source
Warning signs of dementia:
- loss of memory
- communication problems
- problems with complex tasks
- trouble with planning and organizing
- difficulty with coordination and motor functions
- problems with disorientation, such as getting lost
- personality changes
- inability to reason
- unreasonable, inappropriate behavior
- undue agitation
If your loved one is showing any two of these signs, it’s time to take ’em to their doctor.
How to help protect our brain:
- don’t smoke
- keep our blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar within normal limits for age
- and maintain a healthy weight.
What we eat may has a huge impact on brain health because of its effects on our heart’s health. For example, the Mediterranean diet seems to help protect our brain. A Mediterranean diet is light on red meat and heavy on whole grains, fruits, veggies, fish, nuts, olive oil and other healthy fats. Source
Regular exercise may directly benefit brain cells because it increases blood and oxygen flow into the brain, and lowering the risk of some types of dementia. Also, memory games and exercises sometimes help dementia patients slow memory loss.
When dementia begins, the person struggling with it will begin to make unusual decisions, out of character. They may get confused easily such as trying to call their bank in the middle of the night, all the while insisting that the bank is open.
They may lose track of financial balances and forget to pay bills. Where they were once clean and neat, they’re now unkempt, and personal hygiene is a memory they no longer have.
They may be confused about where they live and have difficulty finding their way home even if they’ve lived in the same location for decades.
A decline in cognitive skills is common, and their language skills are impaired. People who experience dementia struggle to form compound words or complex sentences.
While there aren’t any present cures, or medications, for dementia, Alzheimer’s drugs are being tested.
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