Understanding the Facts about Alzheimer's Patients
- Dementia is an general term that describes many conditions with symptoms of memory loss, difficulty with language, personality changes, and more. Learn more about the term dementia.
- Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. There are currently 44 million people worldwide living with dementia. That is one new case diagnosed every four seconds.
- Patients with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are at risk of being embarrassed, isolated, and having feelings of worthlessness due to people around them not having a good understanding of the condition. Inactivity can lead to a faster rate of cognitive decline and unwanted behaviors
- Education and awareness about dementia can allow family, friends, neighbors, and community members to provide the support that is needed for the person living with dementia. And structure and activities that are adapted for the person's needs, can help him or her stay active, with a slower rate of decline and less unwanted behaviors.
Understanding How You Can Lower Your Risk of Dementia
- Take care of your heart. Avoid smoking and monitor your cholesterol and blood pressure. What is good for your heart, is good for your brain.
- Be physically active. Even things like housework, gardening, bowling, dancing, biking, and walking get you moving and your heart working.
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet. Vegetables, fruits, fish, and legumes all are good for brain health.
- Do things to challenge your brain. Learn a foreign language, try a new hobby, do crossword puzzles.
- Be socially active. People who are connected and spend time with others can not only have fun but also reduce their risk of dementia.
World Alzheimer's Month is a time for people worldwide to be aware of and learn about dementia, including leaders and policymakers. Alzheimer's Disease International, from which much of the information in this article was obtained, is a worldwide leader in dementia awareness and advocacy. Learn more about World Alzheimer's Month at http://www.alz.co.uk/world-alzheimers-month.
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