Diet is an important factor that plays a role in preventing or delaying the onset of Dementia. However with growing age it is not easy to change dietary patterns, and healthy dietary habits are best adapted at a young age.
We recently came across an article on the effects of anesthesia on Alzheimer’s, and how the two of them don’t mix well. You can read the article here – Alzheimer’s and Anesthesia.
We asked our in-house Geriatric Physician Dr Chawla to comment on this. Dr. Satish Chawla MD, FACP, AIIMS, who is a retired Geriatric Physician from the United States Navy. He is an expert in geriatric medicine. Here is what he had to say –
Family conflicts leave us feeling angry, hurt, sad, rejected and often helpless. This gives rise to the common response of avoiding conflicts. We often find ourselves giving or being given the advice to stay calm, adjust and not fight, not argue, not create a source of tension. This comes from the seemingly obvious assumption that conflicts are bad and the fewer conflicts we have with people, especially family, the better it is for our relationship.
I am working as a Dementia Care Specialist at Samvedna Senior Care. We organize Dementia Support group meetings for caregivers on a monthly basis and invite people from various parts of Delhi-NCR to come discuss, support and share their stories. This meeting is free of charge for dementia care givers.
The main cause of behavioral symptoms in dementia is the deterioration of brain cells which causes decline in the individual’s ability to make sense of the world. Such behavioral symptoms can be wandering, incontinence, agitation, sleeplessness, and many more. Among all the most common is the repetitive or constant questioning.
People with dementia experience many changes, including memory loss, impaired judgment, loss of decision making ability and various other behavioral changes. With the progression of the disease your loved one with dementia will lose the ability to look after the house and after some time, the living environment may become disorganized and cluttered.
The active aging concept is defined as the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. It also allows the individual to understand the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle so as to age in a way that they are capable of preventing physical, mental and social disabilities.
Controlling ones bowel and bladder movements is something most of us learn at an early age. Incontinence is the loss of this control. A person with incontinence involuntarily leaks the urine or faeces or sometimes both.
In urinary incontinence, there is a sudden urge to urinate such that the person is not able to control it till he or she reaches the wash room. Faecal incontinence is a less common problem in which people might pass faeces without even realizing.