Dementia is a condition that is generally associated with memory loss but is generally an umbrella term used to categorize progressive and chronic conditions that result in impairment of an individual’s ability to make decisions, think, or remember in their everyday life.
Symptoms slowly show up and grow more noticeable over time and can be confused with the decline of cognitive abilities that are generally associated with aging. However, it is important to note that dementia and any conditions that relate to it are not part of regular aging. While there has not been any medication or treatment that can fully cure dementia, there are ways to mitigate it and factors to avoid to prevent your symptoms from worsening.
Our experts here at Regency Pointe By Discovery Senior Living have undergone specialized training to provide the best support to our residents. Our SHINE® Memory Care community was established to provide comprehensive support and rehabilitation to you and your loved ones, allowing them to live their life with the independence and dignity that you deserve. One of the ways we accomplish this is by mitigating the factors that can worsen dementia. Our experts have compiled a list of things to avoid and prevent so read on to find out more.
This is something that is out of everyone’s control but is one of the risk factors for worsening dementia. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia all tend to worsen naturally with age since there are also changes in your brain that already affect cognitive functions. There isn’t much that anyone can do to stop the progression entirely, but it is important to be on the lookout for noticeable changes in your loved ones and seek medical help when needed.
Head trauma can severely worsen dementia symptoms, and even cause them in some cases. In fact, head injuries are the third-highest cause of dementia. However, this can be easily avoided at home by identifying and removing any potential fall risks from your home. Examples of a fall risk can include things like loose rugs, wires, or even uneven stairs.
In the event that your loved one has sustained a fall or any form of blunt force trauma to the head, make sure to contact your doctor immediately. Even if there are no obvious signs of complications immediately, it is important to have your medical provider assess your brain functions to prevent the worsening of any injuries.
A Sedentary Lifestyle
Many people believe that they should slow down and choose a more sedentary lifestyle as they grow older. However, this is not true, and being sedentary for long periods is actually a risk factor for many chronic, and even deadly diseases. This also holds true for people with dementia. Being active and having the mental and physical stimulation that comes with exercise, social interaction, and games can come with many physical and cognitive benefits.
If you or your loved one have started needing more help with your everyday activities, it might be time to consider a senior living option. For more information on our programs and housing options, contact us today.