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Helping Care for Someone With Alzheimer’s or Dementia

The brain is a remarkably complex organ and can be damaged by many factors, including injury, toxin exposure and poor nutrition. In addition, there are health factors that can impact brain health such as high blood pressure and poor thyroid function. If dementia is suspected, there are several precautions for the health risks that you can consider that might manage some of the factors of the condition.

Understanding Causes

There are various causes for the development of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Genetics obviously play a part, as do a pattern of injuries or a severe traumatic brain injury. If you suspect that you or a loved one are in the early stages of dementia, it’s a good idea to look back at any injuries that have occurred and work to reduce risks in the future. Sometimes, old sports injuries can lead to early-onset Alzheimer’s and Dementia. An old car wreck or a fall can also be an indicator of dementia.

Medication Concerns

There are currently no medications that can cure Alzheimer’s or dementia, but there are medications on the market that can slow the progression of the disease. Many of these drugs can cause side effects and others may interact poorly with one another. When adding these medications to your routine or that of a loved one, try to add only one medication at a time to monitor and manage side effects. For example, if Aricept can help a sufferer focus but causes an upset stomach, managing a dietary change to protect the stomach can be a worthwhile change.

Nutrition Goals

Anyone struggling with memory loss or the confusion of dementia may not be eating well or getting the best nutrition. Adding a multivitamin with an emphasis on B vitamins is a good investment in a healthy brain. In addition, shop with an eye toward healthy options. If a sufferer struggles to follow recipes, try to put together a program of simple foods that require limited prep and aren’t loaded with sodium and preservatives. Fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly berries, can protect the brain from dementia loss and may limit further destruction over time.

In addition, it’s critical that anyone at risk for Alzheimer’s or dementia receive social support.

Loneliness is a dangerous condition that can make the loss of cognitive function even more likely. Those at risk of dementia may self-isolate as their confusion advances. Family and community members can reduce their risk of isolation and more rapid cognitive loss by reaching out and encouraging connection.

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