Let’s face it. Sometimes it’s hard to love someone with dementia. My mother has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. After several years of providing more and more care for her at home, she moved into a lovely memory care facility.
Are you confused about the connection between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? You’re not alone. The simplest explanation is that Alzheimer’s is a disease that causes dementia. In fact, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. We’ll get to other causes in a moment. First, here’s a definition of dementia. It’s actually a collection of … Read more
Several years ago, my mother was showing signs of forgetfulness and confusion. We would find bills that weren’t paid and also began to suspect she wasn’t eating properly. I took her to her primary care doctor who did a fairly straightforward memory test and diagnosed her with mild cognitive impairment.
No matter your age or physical condition, your body needs to move to stay healthy. Exercise for the elderly is one of the most important means of keeping not just bodies in tip-top shape — it helps keep minds healthy, too. And for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, stimulating the mind is key to slowing down the progress of mental decline, by clearing out amyloid plaques and repairing neural connections, according to recent research.