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Dementia resources - Spokane, WA
Worldwide, there is a new case of dementia
every seven seconds. More than 24.3 million people are currently
estimated to have dementia, and 4.6 million new cases are diagnosed each
year. The rate of dementia is expected to double between 2001 and 2040
in developed nations. (Alzheimer's Association Statistical Update,
What You Can Do
Reduce belly fat. While age
is the biggest driver of Alzheimer’s, some of the same factors that
trigger heart disease—obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes—seem to
increase the risk of dementia, too. The journal Neurology suggests that
having a large belly in middle age triples your chance of having
dementia. This is the deep, inside belly fat which surrounds your
Be Aware of Symptoms.
Mild symptoms(early onset)
Confusion and memory loss
Getting lost in familiar surroundings
Difficulty in performing routine tasks
Noticeable changes in personality, judgment, focus, and attention
Intermediate symptoms (intermediate onset)
Difficulty in performing normal activities of daily living, such as brushing teeth, bathing, combing hair, and eating
Increased anxiety and agitation
Disturbed sleep patterns
Wandering and pacing
Increased difficulty with name and face recognition of family and friends.
Severe symptoms (late onset)
Loss of speech, writing skills and comprehension
Increase in aggressive behavior
Loss of bladder and bowel control (Alzheimer's Research Trust, 2005)
Stay Active. To help prevent
memory-robbing diseases, stay physically active. Any exercise that
raises your heart rate for 30-45 minutes several times a week can lower
Exercise your brain for 15
minutes a day with activities like crossword puzzles. Those who
stimulate their brains the most have a 35-40% less chance of developing
symptoms of dementia.
If you are a Care Giver:
See "Care Giving" on this website under the “Health and Medicine” topic.
Prepare a memory book of family pictures,
so they can go through those pictures. That sense of structure and
sense of safety and positive feelings will be useful to the patient. It
will also help family members remember who they were before this
Do not abandon people who suffer from dementia. While
conversation can be challenging due to their loss of memory and
constantly repeating questions and statements, visits still bring
happiness and reduce their ever-present depression.
Family input is critical in the screening process. The doctor needs the observations of family members as much as the dementia patients themselves.