Most of us have heard of dementia, but what exactly is it?
The World Health Organization describes dementia as a syndrome where there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities.
Dr. John DenBoer, neuropsychologist and dementia specialist, describes dementia as “the accelerated aging of the brain. In all forms of dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), it happens when the brain is aging faster than the body”.
Alzheimer’s disease (which is the leading cause of dementia), vascular dementia and Lew body dementia are all examples of dementia. You can find other types of dementia on The Alzheimer’s Association website.
There is currently no cure for dementia and there is much more to learn about it. It is important to know that dementia is NOT a natural part of aging.
Dr. DenBoer has conducted years of research and has found that cognitive exercise can help mitigate dementia. You can start exercising your brain today by visiting our online brain games, Brain U Online, at www.brainuonline.com.
What are some signs of dementia?
Memory loss is the most common sign. If you start forgetting newly learned information or if you have complications performing familiar tasks, like driving to a location that you usually drive to, you might be experiencing early signs of dementia.
Other signs include misplacing things and putting them in odd locations. Some people even start to withdrawal from social activities and hobbies.
The Alzheimer’s Association has a helpful list of other signs to look out for.
There may not be a cure for dementia, but there are things you can do to try to prevent it. By exercising your mind, along with physical exercise and proper nutrition, you can maintain or even increase your quality of life by helping maintain function of your brain for as long as possible.
Please contact our office if you would like to schedule an assessment or would like more information about dementia.
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