Dementia is a difficult illness to cope with not just for the patient but for caregivers too. Knowing how to help, accepting your limitations, altering how you communicate, using touch and even music or massages may help. Sleeping problems, dietary issues, incontinence, and hallucinations may need medical attention.
Dementia and Alzheimer's disease are often considered to be one and the same, but there are notable differences. While Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia, the latter is a collection of many syndromes. Symptoms common to both conditions include memory loss, difficulties with concentration and orientation, loss of language control and visuospatial skills, and mood and behavior changes. With time, the severity and number of symptoms increase. There is no cure for either condition and treatment for both involves a combination of medicines, alternative remedies, and therapeutic approaches that can slow down the degenerative process.
Peanuts can keep you full thanks to their unsaturated fats, proteins, and fiber. You’ll be less likely to binge eat, making it easier to lose weight. The unsaturated fats also improve cholesterol levels and blood pressure, so you’ll have a lower risk of heart disease. If you’re dealing with skin problems or arthritis, the anti-inflammatory properties of peanuts will help. They also prevent skin cancer by protecting your skin from sun damage.
Eat right by adopting a Mediterranean diet, loading up on vitamins B3, B12, K, D, and cutting back on salt, sugar, red meat. Indulge in mentally stimulating activities such as solving puzzles, crosswords and/or learning new languages. Practice cardio and strength training 3-5 times a week for at least 30 mins. Aim for 6-8 hrs of deep sleep every night. Quit alcohol, smoking.
Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of Americans. It is labeled "irreversible" in the current medical context. Taking neuroprotective ayurvedic or TCM herbs, practicing yoga and meditation, or even doing some "brain workouts" every other day could make all the difference. Eating brain-friendly foods like berries, walnuts and quitting smoking could help cut risk factors.
Forgetting things is a normal part of aging, but it may eventually turn into dementia. You’ll be even more at risk with chronic stress, alcoholism, smoking, depression, and sleep-deprivation. Multitasking and stress can also distract you, making it easy to forget words or names. Other health conditions like vitamin B12 deficiency and hypothyroidism make it hard to remember things, but proper management will improve it. Forgetfulness is a common side effect of some medication, too.
Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, a head injury, stroke, brain tumor causes dementia. Dementia patient experiences trouble completing daily tasks, loss of interest in their hobbies, disorientation and confusion, significant change in their moods. They may repeat things due to loss of memory and can find it difficult to adapt to new changes. There can also be deterioration in their skills.
Our bodies need sodium in order to be healthy. But eating too much can do more harm than good! Unfortunately, 90% of Americans consume more than needed. Most of it comes from processed foods like frozen dinners and boxed meals. Eventually, high salt intake can lead to serious complications. Here[.....]
If your cognitive skills are dipping below what's normal for your age, coffee can check its progress into dementia. About 3–5 cups of coffee a day in your midlife can drop the risk of dementia by 65% by lowering stress in the brain. While 400 mg or 4–5 cups is alright for most, pregnant women, heart patients, and people with anxiety disorder should settle for less. If coffee's not your thing, try ashwagandha, brahmi, or gingko.
Music therapy is a non-invasive and safe way to treat dementia. It activates the hippocampus which stores long-term memory, the amygdala which is responsible for emotions, and the cerebellum which is responsible for balance and equilibrium. It also promotes the release of neurotransmitters that improve mood and promote socialization while relieving pain.
The brain of a lonely individual registers feelings of threat and pain signals that are similar to real physical pain and danger. Unaccompanied lonely people are more likely to have an early death caused by stroke, heart attacks or other complications. The feeling of loneliness raises the risk of Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease by 64% and causes disturbances in sleep.
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