4 Things You Need to Know About Preventing Dementia

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People know there is a disease called “dementia” and it can lead to memory loss, but not everyone knows that it can also rob seniors of their dignity, and even lives.


What is dementia?




Dementia is an overall term for diseases characterized by long-term decrease in the ability to think and remember that is severe enough to affect a person's daily functioning. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Dementia is difficult to manage. Alzheimer’s dementia can be even more so.


According to the Alzheimer's Association, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer's is growing fast. 5.8 million Americans are now living with Alzheimer's. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease.


So, how can Alzheimer's be prevented? Scientists have indicated that there are lifestyle changes ordinary people can make to reduce their risk.



1. Keep your heart and blood vessels healthy


Poor heart and blood vessels lead to lack of oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain, which can be linked to vascular dementia.


In order to protect the network of blood vessels in your brain, you should:

Quit tobacco

Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in check

Keep a healthy diet including whole grains, fruits, fish and healthy fats



2. Keep your body active


Regular physical exercise may lower the risk of developing dementia as exercise may benefit brain cells by increasing blood and oxygen flow in the brain. Regular physical exercise can even slow the deterioration in those who have already had problems.


3. Keep your mind active



Many studies indicate that keeping mentally active and having social connections can lower the risk of cognitive decline.


To keep your mind active, you can learn a foreign language, do puzzles, play games or learn a new skill such as dancing and woodworking. You can also meet up with your friends or volunteers in your community regularly.


4. Be careful of the medicines you take



Some medicines and supplements, alone or in combination, can cause side effect that is like memory loss. Talk to your doctor to see if you can change medication to reduce these side effects.


In addition, though many ads for supplements claim that they can improve memory and/or prevent memory loss, there is no proof that they are effective. You should always consult your doctor before taking any medicines or supplements.

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I am a active senior female age 88, I have had dizziness for many years, nothing helps. I have been taking BP medicine for many years. I am not heavy. BP med is the generic for Beneful. I go to sleep and wake up still dizzy. I have no problem sleeping or getting to sleep, Dr's don't have a clue. Sure would be nice to be able to live my last years w/o this condition.
My gran is 80 and she feels dizzy too. Doctors don't know the reason and neighbors say it's common for old people. She felt dizzy more frequently in the past, but seems to be better after she gave some massage to her head and neck for some months. It's not difficult. Just squeeze or knock the back of your neck or your head gently. Maybe you can have a try. Best wishes to you.
Is there any possibility that there is exessive fluid building up in your ear, leading to dizziness?
My mom is 81 and also has had dizziness she was told it was vertigo and was prescribed something for it, it helped so maybe that's the problem for some of you. She also has had a lot of wax build-up and sinus issues so I'm kind of in agreement with the last comment about fluid in the ears.
Sometimes dizziness in older people (myslef included) can be due to something as simple as dehydration.  Try drinking several glasses of water throughout the day for a week, see if that eliminates your dizziness.  Just be sure to stop drinking water a few hours before bedtime to avoid those annoying midnight trips to the bathroom!  Good luck, and best wishes.
I get dizzy when my neck is out of place AND if my sinuses are swollen due to allergies. Chiropractic treatments, stretching and massage have helped. And I occasionally take a decongestant like psuedafed.
I usualy forget things these days. Am I demensia?
Everyone forgets things from time-to-time.  But when forgetting things becomes a real problem, then it may be time to see a doctor for a diagnosis.  There is help for dementia, but no cure YET.
Hope some medicine will come up soon