Dementia refers to a group of chronic diseases that are characterized by a gradual decline in mental abilities severe enough to interfere with the daily activities. Dementia is the major cause of death of older adults in the United States as people do not have much knowledge about it. About 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 particularly 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, problem judging speeds and distances, losing confidence and lack of concentration.
Alzheimer’s is just another form of Dementia. Other forms of dementia include vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementias, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, etc.
Early diagnosis can control dementia, but it can be difficult to diagnose it early due to the fact that its symptoms are often mild in the beginning and may go unnoticed.
Keeping the mind active by meditating, reading or solving puzzles, and doing other brain exercises can really 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 down 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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