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Apr 28, 2017 3 min

Vascular Dementia

Vascular dementia is a type of dementia and is caused by an interruption to the blood supply to the brain, usually caused by a number of small strokes, not by Alzheimer’s disease. What is vascular dementia? Many people use the terms dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease interchangeably, but Alzheimer’s is not the only cause of dementia. As many as one in five people affected have vascular dementia, and if you’ve never heard of it, it’s not surprising. It’s also known as multi-infarct dementia (MID) or vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) and it is actually the second most common cause of the condition. In vascular dementia, the brain is damaged by an interruption to the blood supply, usually by a number of small strokes. When the blood flow is interrupted, the brain cells do not receive the nutrients and oxygen essential for life. These so-called ‘mini’ strokes can be so minor that they’re…

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Apr 20, 2017 4 min

The early signs of dementia

The early signs of dementia include forgetfulness, misplacing of objects, struggling to find the right words, personality changes, and confusion. We all walk into the kitchen and forget what we came for, or misplace our keys every now and then. So, what is normal forgetfulness and what could indicate that there may be a problem? Dementia is the term for a set of symptoms that include memory lapses, difficulties thinking and solving problems, impaired communication and behavioural changes. The early signs of dementia can often be subtle to begin with, but they may gradually escalate until they can affect every aspect of daily life. Dementia can affect different people in different ways, each individual is unique. However, there are some key signs to look out for: Memory loss Forgetfulness is often a significant early sign. Dementia tends to affect short-term memory more than reminiscences from the past. So, an individual…

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Apr 13, 2017 3 min

Exercise and dementia prevention

Physical activity can improve the health of mind, body and spirit, and there’s evidence that exercise can protect against dementia. Research is confirming that staying active may help those affected by dementia to maintain their independence and boost their quality of life. Exercise helps with almost every long term condition; it can reduce the likelihood of developing dementia and the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. We all know that exercise is important for our health, it’s constantly advocated in books, blogs and on TV. But regular activity can offer more than just a fit physique. Activity can help protect the brain from dementia as we age, and slow down deterioration in people already affected. Regular exercise really is essential for a healthy body and a healthy mind. Research shows that exercise works, not only to improve the general health of people with dementia, but it also appears to improve their cognitive function,…

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Feb 24, 2017 4 min

Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment

There is no single Alzheimer’s treatment, but regular brain training, social stimulation, keeping to regular routines, and maintaining a healthy diet can all help to slow the decline. Alzheimer’s Treatment Sadly, there is still no known cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, but scientific advances have improved our understanding of the condition. New Alzheimer’s treatments are being developed, and promising research is underway. In the meantime, there are ways to slow down the decline. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can seem hopeless and life-shattering, but it is possible to make a difference to both the quality of life and the progression of the disease. By modifying lifestyle, we can slow the rate of decline and improve memory, communication and function, so that your loved one can stay independent for longer. Brain training Challenging and stimulating the brain in the early stages of Alzheimer’s can slow down the disease progression. Playing puzzles, reading, doing a crossword…

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Feb 14, 2017 3 min

Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It is believed to account for at least half of all individuals affected, with some studies suggesting that seventy percent of all cases may be caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease vs dementia The words Alzheimer’s and dementia are often used interchangeably and it can be confusing to understand the distinction. So, what is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? The Alzheimer’s Society defines dementia as a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. The word dementia refers to the signs and symptoms, rather than the specific causes of the condition. The symptoms include difficulties with memory, reasoning, communication and behaviour. The changes can often be very subtle in the beginning, the sort of problems that all of us may suffer occasionally, but with time they can progress to affect personality, function and…

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Dec 6, 2016 2 min
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Dementia and the importance of meaningful activities

Meaningful activities are of the utmost importance to those living with dementia. Dementia can cause people to withdraw from activities and enjoyable interaction with family and friends so it’s important to try and maintain those relationships and interests to help…

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Oct 26, 2016 3 min
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Living with someone with dementia

Guest blog from Dr Jamie Wilson in Over50choices Living With Someone With Dementia When someone you live with and love is diagnosed with dementia, the effects can be devastating.  As they struggle to deal with the confusion and memory loss characteristic…

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Sep 27, 2016 3 min
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What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, which is characterised by difficulties with memory, thinking, problem solving, communication and behaviour. What is Alzheimer’s disease? September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, helping to raise awareness and challenge the stigma…

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Sep 22, 2016 4 min
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Keeping A Wandering Parent Safe

You can prevent wandering by keeping to regular routines, taking a note of irregular behaviour, preparing properly for the night, and wander-proofing their home. Keeping A Wandering Parent Safe Confusion, frustration and loneliness can all cause someone with dementia to…

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Sep 6, 2016 4 min

How to cope with denial in dementia

It can be difficult to know how to cope with denial in dementia, but there are things you can do to help your loved one to understand, accept, and live with dignity. How to cope with denial in dementia The…

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