Although the early warning signs of dementia are well known, they can be hard to catch because they look just like the signs of stress or normal aging. These include forgetting about plans and appointments and having difficulty remembering where you put things.
It's important to keep an eye on these symptoms, since dementia gets progressively worse and causes a noticeable diminishing of mental clarity and ability. Soon enough, it begins to impact daily life and the ability to function.
If you notice yourself or a loved one exhibiting these symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment as well as home care can preserve quality of life and prepare you to manage the condition as successfully as possible going forward.
Some of the things you can and should do to support healthy brain functioning include:
Eat brain-healthy foods, such as blueberries, broccoli, and nuts
Follow a regular exercise regimen
Keep your mind sharp with mentally challenging activities and hobbies
Practice good sleep hygiene
Reduce and manage your stress
Don’t smoke and consume alcohol in limited quantities
As dementia progresses, it can make daily life more difficult and put a strain on relationships. If you have a loved one dealing with dementia, it’s important to navigate the relationship in ways that ease communication and promote compassion and understanding. They include:
Practicing patience and active listening
Bringing a positive attitude to your interactions
Communicating clearly and using simple, easy-to-answer questions
Simplifying activities by breaking them down into steps
Seeking outside support
In-home caregiving services can be of great help and support to a person living with dementia. At La Bella Vita, we can provide professional care that you can rely on. Contact us and we can explore your options together.
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