Saturday, 22 September 2018

Vascular dementia warning - the one toilet sign that could reveal whether you’re at risk

Vascular dementia symptoms include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, or having slow thoughts. But you could also be at risk of the brain condition if you have this toilet sign. “People with dementia can experience difficulties with using the toilet,” said the Alzheimer’s Society.

“A person with dementia is more likely to have accidents, problems with the toilet or incontinence than a person of the same age who doesn’t have dementia.

“The reasons for this can include failing to get to the toilet in time for example, because of mobility problems

There are several different types of urinary incontinence. Probably the most common form in people with dementia is an overactive bladder.

“This gives the feeling of a sudden and intense need to go, and frequent urination.”

Women are also more likely to have urinary incontinence as they get older, it said.

They’re at risk of stress incontinence - when a cough, sneeze or laugh causes a small leak of urine.

Friday, 21 September 2018

World Alzheimer’s Day 2018: 5 ways to cut down risk of this disease

#Alzheimer’s is a progressive, degenerative brain ailment which affects memory, behaviour and thinking. Over time, the person may need assistance even for his/her day-to-day activities. Early-onset #Alzheimer’s can affect even those in their 40s. One of the reasons for the onset of this condition is not giving enough exercise to the #brain.

Among the many reasons for the onset of this condition, genetic cause is an important one, with #environmental and lifestyle factors beings’ others. There could be a relationship between #cognitive decline and vascular conditions such as heart disease, #stroke, and high blood pressure, as well as metabolic conditions such as diabetes and obesity.

There are some ways in which one can reduce the risk of acquiring #Alzheimer’s disease and helping people stay healthy as they age.

Here are few ways of cutting down on the risk:
  • Mental stimulation: “Engage in #mentally stimulating activities which can help in keeping your brain cells active. This is particularly true for those who have crossed their 40s. Light brain stimulating tasks such as crossword puzzles, quizzes, and daily reading are also recommended,” advises Kapil Singhal, who is a neurologist on the medical app Lybrate, and is based out of Noida.
  • Stress management: Prolonged stress can take a toll on the brain, shrink the memory area, and hamper nerve cell growth, conditions that can over time lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Make sure to follow some simple stress management techniques such as #yoga and #meditation, especially with increasing age.
  • Regular exercise: “It is important to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. One can opt for #exercises such as walking or jogging. This will promote better circulation of blood and supply of oxygen to the brain,” says Bangalore-based Dr Udaya Kumar Maiya, who is medical director at Portea Medical.
  • Social engagement: Human beings being #social in nature cannot thrive for long in isolation. Make sure you develop strong social connections with those who care for you and listen to you. Many people tend to feel lonely with age and this is one way to avoid it. Volunteer for a cause, join a club or connect with old friends.
  • Healthy diet: “A healthy and nutritious diet is the first step to being #disease free. Make sure to eat colourful, vitamin–packed vegetables and fruits; whole grains; fish, lean poultry, tofu, and beans and other legumes as #protein sources plus healthy fats. Avoid unnecessary calories from sweets, sodas, refined grains like white bread or white rice, unhealthy fats, fried and fast foods, and mindless snacking. Exercise portion control,” explains Dr Maiya.
Source: A recent article published on Hindustan times.

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Could different cultures teach us something about dementia?

Picture two different families, each dealing with a diagnosis of dementia in one of its members. In one case, the patient is a retired executive, whose family tries as long as possible to keep the diagnosis secret, relying primarily on professional caregivers and eventually a nursing home. In another case, the patient is a grandmother. As soon as the diagnosis is suspected, her family pulls together, bringing her into their home and surrounding her with affection.

These two approaches to dementia reflect very different attitudes toward the disease. One regards it as an irreversible neurologic condition associated with considerable stigma, a problem best left to health professionals and kept out of public view. While not denying that dementia is a medical condition, the other seizes on it as an opportunity to draw together around a loved one in need, giving family members not a secret to keep but an opportunity to care.

If we tend not only to our neurons but also our intellects, characters, and relationships, there is good reason to think that we can lighten dementia’s burden and make the most of the opportunities to care for those living with it.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Vascular dementia: Six symptoms to look out for to detect the disease early

VASCULAR dementia is a cruel disease estimated to affect around 150,000 people in the UK. Symptoms can often be confused with the usual effects of old age, but there are signs to look out for which could help you to detect the disease early. Here are six of them.

Vascular dementia is a common type of dementia caused by reduced blood flow to the brain, which damages and eventually kills the brain cells.

The symptoms can come on suddenly or gradually, and tend to get worse over time, but it is sometimes possible to slow this down though treatment.

According to the NHS, there are six mild early signs of vascular dementia
These are:
  • Significant slowness of thought
  • Feeling disorientated and confused
  • Memory loss and difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty finding the right words
  • Severe personality changes, such as becoming aggressive
  • Depression, mood swings and lack of interest or enthusiasm
  • Finding it difficult to walk and keep balance, with frequent falls
  • Loss of bladder control (incontinence)
  • Increasing difficulty with daily activities

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Dementia and driving: when is it time to give up the keys?

Things to look for outside vehicle
  • The individual becomes disorientated or lost in familiar surroundings
  • Needs reminding about personal care
  • Decreased co-ordination
  • Mood swings, irritability
  • Difficulty in multi-tasking
  • Difficulty judging space and/or distance
  • Difficulty with decision-making
Things to look for inside vehicle while driving
  • Driving too slowly
  • Lack of distance judgment
  • Stops for no reason
  • Lost on a familiar route
  • Drifts into wrong or different lane
  • Poor parking
  • Fails to signal, or does so incorrectly
  • Forgets rules of the road

Monday, 17 September 2018

The power of music provides comfort to those with dementia

People living with #dementia often suffer from isolation. But a nursing professor from the University of Victoria has been working to change that.

Dr. Debra Sheets is the lead researcher for a Victoria choir that began in January called Voices in Motion. It is for people with dementia and their family caregivers. High school students from St. Andrew's Regional High School and Pacific Christian School in Victoria also participate.
Doctors exploring how music benefits health.

Sheets found that choir participants with #dementia as well as their caregivers  showed some improvement in their ability to recall words from a list.

"The neat thing about music is it taps into a part of your #brain that's often not touched as much by dementia,"

For the study, both caregivers and participants with dementia agree to monthly tests administered by the researchers. These tests aim to detect changes in mood, mental functioning and psychological measures such as grip strength and respiratory strength.

"When you have #dementia, it becomes even more important to have an activity in which you participate. You become part of a community. It's not about therapy, it's about maintaining an identity and a sense of who you are. Where you're not treated as someone who's got dementia."

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Five dementia myths and the truth behind them

Dementia is the 21st century’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes.

Public understanding and action have certainly improved in recent years, but there is still a long way to go.

1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
Dementia doesn’t care how old you are. It’s caused by diseases of the brain so it’s not an inevitable part of ageing. More than 40,000 people with dementia in the UK are under 65.

2. Alzheimer’s disease isn’t the only type of dementia
Diseases such as Alzheimer’s cause nerve cells to die, damaging the structure and chemistry of the brain. There are lots of other causes and no two types of dementia are the same. In different types of dementia there is damage to different parts of the brain.

3. It's not just about losing your memory
When most people hear the word dementia, they think of memory loss.

4. People can still live well with dementia
Although there is no cure for dementia, scientists and researchers are working hard to find one.
The Alzheimer's Society's £50m investment in the UK Dementia Research Institute will accelerate discoveries to prevent, treat and care for people with all types of dementia, as well as helping them to understand how to keep the brain healthy.

5. There are steps you can take today to reduce your risk of developing dementia
Getting more exercise and making healthier choices can go a long way to reducing your risk of dementia. While some things that affect your risk of dementia can’t be changed, such as your age or genes, there are many things you can change.

Vascular dementia warning - the one toilet sign that could reveal whether you’re at risk

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