Dementia refers to a group of chronic diseases that are characterized by a gradual decline in mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily activities. Dementia is one of the major causes of death of older adults in the United States, partly because many people do not understand much about it. Nearly every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops this disease.
Here are few facts about dementia that everyone should be aware of:
Dementia is not a disease, but a condition which includes memory loss, cognitive decline and changes in behavior. There are seven stages of Dementia and the symptoms in each stage worsen over time or if left untreated.
Dementia is more than just a memory loss. It affects seniors in a variety of ways. That might include delusions and hallucinations, anxiety, confusion and disorientation, difficulty communicating, problems judging speeds and distances, losing confidence and lack of concentration.
Alzheimer’s is just one form of Dementia. Other forms of dementia include vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementias, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.
Early diagnosis can control or slow down the progression of dementia, but it can be difficult to diagnose early due as its symptoms are often mild in the beginning and may go unnoticed.
Keeping the mind active by meditating, reading, solving puzzles, and doing other brain exercises can help a lot.
Heart disease can raise the risk of developing dementia. Other conditions that cause heart disease are also associated with a higher risk of developing Dementia, including:
high blood pressure
There is currently no cure for dementia. Its growth can be slowed by adopting smart and healthy lifestyle choices, but cannot be cured.
To control the growth of dementia, here are a few things you can do:
Maintain a healthy weight
Eat a healthy & balanced diet
Reduce alcohol consumption
Keep blood pressure at a normal level
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