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The Home Care Advantage: Reduce Risk of Dementia

What is Dementia?

“Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning — thinking, remembering, and reasoning — to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Some people with dementia cannot control their emotions, and their personalities may change. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person’s functioning, to the most severe stage, when the person must depend completely on others for basic activities of daily living, such as feeding oneself.”

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What Causes Dementia?

There is no one specific method, treatment or substance that is proven to reduce risk of Dementia. The good news is that we know that there are things you can do to reduce your risk of dementia, thanks to the many studies being done on risk and prevention.

As many of the risk factors that can affect your chances of getting dementia involve your physical and mental health, the best way to reduce your risk is to lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle that takes care of both your body and your brain.

Controllable risk factors include but are not limited to High blood pressure, smoking, Diabetes, obesity, narcotics use, lack of physical activity, malnutrition, immobility, head trauma or brain injury, high alcohol consumption, low levels of cognitive engagement, depression, social isolation, vision or hearing loss. Uncontrollable risk factors include but are not limited to age, gender, and genetics.

Warning Signs of Dementia

Whether you’re concerned for yourself or someone you care about, it’s important to know the warning signs of dementia so you can ensure an early diagnosis. Here are some visible signs and less common warning triggers for dementia.

Visible warning signs include but are not limited to memory loss that affects day-to-day abilities, difficulty performing familiar tasks, problems with language, disorientation of time and space, impaired judgment, problems with abstract thinking, constantly misplacing things, frequent changes in mood and behavior, changes in personality, and loss of initiative.

Less Common warning triggers can include the inability to understand or express thoughts, trouble reading or writing, wandering around or getting lost in a familiar neighborhood, trouble handling money or paying bills, repeating questions, using unusual words to refer to familiar objects, taking longer to complete normal daily tasks, losing interest in normal daily activities or events, hallucinating or experiencing delusions or paranoia, acting impulsively, not caring about other people’s feelings,

Losing balance and problems with movement.

If you experience any of these visible warning signs or see these less common warning triggers on others close to you, you may find it necessary to seek the advice of a medical professional.

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How to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia

Reducing your controllable risk factors should always be your highest priority. Although it may seem obvious the controllable risks should be controlled. That includes: maintaining blood pressure at the optimal level, quitting smoking, managing diabetes or insulin levels, reducing weight to normal, abstaining from narcotics use, performing regular physical activity, maintaining nutrition, staying mobile, and preventing falls which can led to head trauma or brain injury, reduce or abstain from alcohol consumption,  increase cognitive engagement, engage in social activities with others,  and regularly check vision & hearing for any loss, and acquire any assistive devices as needed.

The use of a Home Care worker can also assist in preventing dementia, with the development of a tailored program that oversees the management and reduction of controllable risk factors. A Home Care worker which who ensures such things as regular movement, nutritious meal consumption, social engagement, and medical check-ups such as monitoring heart rate or blood pressure, amongst other services, can be an effective way to maintain good health.

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The Arcavia Home Care Advantage

Arcavia Home Care works with all types of organizations that serve and cater to our elderly population. This includes hospitals, rehabilitation centers, local clinics, pharmacies, geriatric centers, and a host of other companies, program providers, and service deliverers, to ensure no one is left unserved. We recognize the growing need for elderly immigrant home care and for temporary quality staff support for our partnering facilities. At Arcavia Home Care our primary goal is to extend the quality of life of our patients. We extend the quality of life of every patient by supplying tailored programs that ensure our patients receive the best level of care at the most affordable rates.

To learn more about our programs or to become a partner organization contact us at homecare@arcavia.ca

References

1 FactyHealth: Conditions: Dementia, 2023. Understanding Dementia Risk Factors: A Simple Guide.Toronto, Ontario: http://facty.com:https://facty.com/conditions/dementia/dementia-risk-factors-and-how-to-manage-them/

2 Alzheimer Society of Canada: About Dementia, 2023. How Can I Reduce The Risk of Dementia. Toronto, Canada: https://alzheimer.ca/: https://alzheimer.ca/en/about-dementia/how-can-i-reduce-risk-dementia

3 Alzheimer Society of Canada: About Dementia: Do I have Dementia, 2023. 10 Warning Signs of Dementia. Toronto, Canada: https://alzheimer.ca/ : https://alzheimer.ca/en/about-dementia/do-i-have-dementia/10-warning-signs-dementia

4 National Insititute on Aging : Health Topics A to Z, 2023. What Is Dementia? Symptoms, Types, and Diagnosis. Toronto, Canada: https://www.nia.nih.gov : https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-is-dementia

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