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Is Dementia Preventable?

Is Dementia Preventable?

We are constantly inundated with media telling us what to eat, how to exercise and which vitamins to take in order to prevent a plethora of diseases. Prevention (including regular exercise, avoiding smoking, eating healthy foods and controlling your blood pressure) is certainly a key factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Read more about our thoughts on prevention here.

However, there are some diseases that remain a mystery, and we must try to manage as best as we can. One of these diseases is dementia. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed as having dementia, we know that it can be scary to face an uncertain future.

Learn more about dementia from the Alzheimer Society Canada

 

New challenges will force you to adapt to your new reality. Speaking may become difficult, and you may not be able to participate in life as you have become accustomed to doing.

Resources for dealing with Dementia

We know that scientists have been researching the cause of dementia, and hopefully a cure. There is no conclusive treatment for the disease, but we can educate ourselves. We can learn how to take care of our bodies and adapt to changing needs.

In the meantime, we’ve compiled some resources for you and your family to use. They may be helpful to you, and of course we always offer them as suggestions (not as substitutes for your healthcare professional’s opinion.)

 

Cognitive exercises

Train your brain: exercises to help your cognitive abilities

There are so many puzzles and games you can use to help keep your brain sharp. Retire-At-Home also offers Fit Minds Cognitive Stimulation Programming, which includes a variety of options such as group programs, daily brain exercises and cognitive coaching.

 

Social activities

Socializing is a great way for patients to slow the progression of their dementia. You may find that patients have difficulty adjusting to new environments. They may not feel comfortable around a large group of people for extended periods of time. Changing plans at the last minute can be very stressful to someone with dementia. Remember to consider the needs of the person who has the disease.

Plan holiday events with a dementia patient’s needs in mind

Learnbrain health food guide how to deal with behaviours

 

Diet

Finding healthy foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, protein and healthy fats is easier in metropolitan areas. The Halton region is lucky to have a variety of grocery stores and specialty shops that offer fresh, organic produce and meats as well as imported goods like olive oil and fish.

 

Eating habits that can help your brain function

10 foods that can help fight dementia

Brain-healthy food choices

*Baycrest Food Guide

 

Our caregivers at Retire-At-Home can help you plan your meals for the week, shop for groceries and even prepare your meals in your home. When we first meet with you and your family, we try to learn about your individual preferences and nutritional needs. This makes it easier for us to work with your doctors to ensure your diet is optimal.

 

How else can Retire-At-Home Halton help?

Dementia in any of its forms can be debilitating. While you may want to care for your family member yourself, it may be helpful to have some relief from an outside caregiver.

Home care in Halton is accessible and we can work with you to customize a health care plan that you and your family can afford. We can help you understand the OHIP benefits for which you qualify, and how you can maximize your private insurance benefits.

When we hire caregivers for Retire-At-Home, we ensure they’re qualified and pass all security checks. We want you and your family to feel safe. It would be an honour to serve you and help you find a caregiver who matches your needs.

We provide home care services in the following areas: Halton, including Georgetown, Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Mississauga North. If you would like to discuss your individual needs (whether or not you’re a senior) contact Retire-At-Home Services Halton for a complimentary in-home consultation at 1-888-509-9394 or 905-864-9020. You can also use our online contact form or our live chat option.

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