Dementia seems to be one of the main diseases among older people. A study shows that Alzheimer’s is now the seventh cause of death. High blood pressure, lack of physical exercise, and smoking increase the risk of getting dementia in later years. Evidence shows that a healthy lifestyle can highly diminish chances of getting dementia in mid-age. What is a healthy diet? It is one that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish. The diet does not include, salt, sugars, red meat, and saturated fats.
How can we prevent dementia?
Your dementia prevention plan should ideally start from changing your lifestyle. This applies to diet as well as physical activity. Staying socially and mentally active are also decisive factors on how we feel daily and how our brain functions. Some diseases can give similar symptoms to dementia. For example, a poor diet can affect your ability to think and reason. Malnutrition can make you feel weak and forgetful. If you regularly drink alcohol, you put yourself at risk of developing Korsakoff syndrome (the type of dementia that is closely linked to alcoholism).
Other diseases that give similar symptoms
Certain infections such as urinary tract infection can be linked to dementia symptoms. It is important to diagnose the problem as quickly as possible so that adequate medication can be prescribed. Memory problems can also be caused by the thyroid (a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck) and metabolic problems. Some other conditions such as anxiety and depression can also influence your ability to think and reason.
Dementia can undoubtedly be prevented or delayed. Unfortunately, there is still no cure for the condition. If you or your loved one have dementia, you need specialised care. Dementia care at home is a type of care where you or your loved one stay in familiar surroundings and receive professional 24/7 assistance with personal care and daily care needs. You may contact us for more information on 0203 417 0090. Additionally, feel free to see some of our latest posts on healthy diet, Alzheimer’s disease and elderly care.