The World Health Organization states that there are more than 50 million people worldwide who are living with dementia. In fact, there are almost 10 million new cases of the disease diagnosed every year.
Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare wants to share some insight into dementia, including symptoms to watch for in a loved one.
What Is Dementia?
You might think that dementia is a medical condition, but in actuality, it’s an umbrella term for a number of cognitive health issues. Dementia is used to reference a decline in memory or thinking skills significant enough to negatively impact a person’s day-to-day life.
There are many signs associated with dementia, including:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty solving problems
- Difficulty performing tasks
- Being confused about places and time
- Misplacing things
- Poor judgment
While there is no known cure for dementia, there are steps you can take to help prevent dementia.
Following healthy lifestyle habits is a good first step. Get regular exercise, eat a balanced diet, don’t smoke, limit your alcohol consumption and get plenty of sleep.
Beyond physical exercise, you also want to make sure you’re exercising your brain, too. That means engaging it in activities that challenge you, whether that’s learning a new hobby or a new language, performing puzzles or word activities, or something as simple as doing daily tasks with your nondominant hand.
When Dementia Is Diagnosed
While we can take steps to limit our risk, in some cases dementia will still occur even in a seemingly healthy person. Researchers haven’t completely figured out how it works and why it impacts some people and not others.
But it’s important to keep an eye on your loved one and seek prompt medical attention at the first signs of cognitive decline. While there’s no cure for the disease, there are medications and therapies that can lessen its impact and progress.
Are you looking for additional care for your loved one? Contact our in-home care providers at Qualicare to learn how we can help!