Dementia is generally known as a condition that is synonymous with memory loss. However, it is an umbrella term that can refer to a whole host of different diseases that are characterized by having the impaired ability to make decisions, think, communicate, and memory loss. There are many types of dementia, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease, and they are all generally seen as chronic and progressive conditions that will evolve and worsen over time.
Unfortunately, there is still currently no cure for dementia of any type but there have been medications and lifestyle changes that can help with managing or even reversing the symptoms. Our Memory Care experts here at Hidden Meadows On The Ridge have compiled a list of factors that can contribute to worsening dementia symptoms and a faster rate of cognitive decline. Read on to find out more on how you and your loved ones can mitigate the impacts of dementia.
A stroke occurs when your brain has a disrupted blood supply. Regardless of whether the blood supply was interrupted, reduced, completely cut off, it can lead to brain tissues not getting the nutrients and oxygen they need to function. This can lead to brain cells becoming damaged, or even worse, beginning to die within minutes. A stroke is always considered a medical emergency and if you suspect that anyone you love is having a stroke, you should seek medical help immediately.
The brain damage that occurs as a result of a stroke can lead to dementia or worsen any existing dementia. If a stroke occurs, aggressive rehabilitation post-stroke will be necessary to reverse as much of the damage caused as possible. Even then, it is unlikely the existing dementia issues will be reduced.
The best solution is to practice a lifestyle that reduces the chances of stroke as far as possible. This means introducing habits like regular exercise and a nutritious and balanced diet to maintain optimal vascular health.
Falls are the most common accident that occurs in houses annually. Almost one in four older adults will sustain a fall every year in the United States. Falls can be dangerous for many reasons, one of which is the potential to cause severe head trauma. If you or your loved one falls and experiences any form of impact on your head, it is important to seek medical attention to prevent worsening dementia symptoms.
To prevent this, ensure that there are no loose flooring like carpets or rugs and that any tripping hazards are all promptly stowed away. It might also be helpful to install any guards or handrails for additional support.
One in six people with dementia has been shown to live with at least one major depressive disorder. Depression can affect an individual’s ability to focus and even affect their mental clarity, possibly worsening dementia symptoms.
If you are struggling to care for your loved one with dementia, it might be best to start considering different senior living options. For advice on what will best suit your loved one’s needs and conditions, contact us today.