Dementia Signs and Prevention
Watch Out for These Dementia Signs
Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to a range of neurological conditions that affect the brain and worsen over time, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is a loss of cognitive functioning and behavioral abilities to the point of interfering with a person’s daily activities. While it is normal to lose some brain neurons as we age, people living with dementia lose a lot more. This condition is not a normal part of aging. See a doctor if you or someone you love has one or more of these 10 dementia symptoms:
Dementia Warning Signs
1. Forgetfulness that affects daily life.
2. Getting lost in a familiar place.
3. Difficulty finishing tasks on their own.
4. Losing track of time or where they are.
5. Problems recognizing family and friends.
6. Challenges in problem solving or planning.
7. Difficulty with words used in referring to familiar objects.
8. Misplacing things and unable to retrace steps to find them.
9. Impaired judgment or decision-making.
10. Behavioral and personality changes.
Ways to Help Prevent Dementia
There is no definite way to prevent dementia, but here are steps you can take to help reduce your risk of developing this condition:
If you or someone you know may be at risk for dementia, schedule an appointment with a doctor for proper diagnosis, evaluation and treatment.
Consume a healthy diet.
Control high blood pressure.
Manage blood sugar levels
Maintain a healthy weight.
Bond with family and friends.
Be physically active.
Do not smoke.
Limit alcohol consumption.
Get enough sleep.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute of Aging