Approximately 50 million people across the world are suffering with some form of dementia. Approximately 35 million have Alzheimer’s disease, while the remainder suffer from any of a number of neurodegenerative conditions that lead to memory loss. As their conditions worsen, the ability of these people to live normal and independent lives can become impossible. Indeed, even the simple activities of daily life can become overwhelming.
Recently the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the number of people with dementia worldwide is expected to triple in the next 30 years. The large number of people with dementia, its severe impact on their lives as well as the lives of their caregivers, along with the expected increase in the number of people with this disease, has made understanding dementia a top priority of researchers around the world. However, as of today, we have still been unable to determine what causes dementia.
Nevertheless, WHO published a new set of guidelines regarding the most significant lifestyle risk factors for dementia, in the hope that following these guidelines could help to diminish an individual’s risk of developing this disease. The guidelines contains 12 statistically relevant risk factors for dementia.
- Low levels of physical activity
- A poor diet
- Alcohol abuse
- Insufficient cognitive reserve
- Lack of social activity
- Unhealthy cholesterol levels
- Untreated depression
- Unaddressed hearing loss
Knowing these 12 risk factors should encourage people to evaluate their lifestyle and take steps to diminish or eliminate any risk factor that applies to them. For example, a person who spends most of their day sitting on a couch can make an effort to incorporate some form of physical exercise into their daily routine. Similarly, people who have a weight problem can begin the process of creating a more healthy diet for themselves. Not only will they lose weight, but making these changes will also lower their risk for other diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension.
At Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Hamilton, NJ, we are experts in handling all levels of cognitive impairment, from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
We have created a unique environment and care program specifically designed to address the needs of this population. Our Alzheimer’s Unit is situated in a separate, secure wing to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. It offers a structured daily routine, mind-stimulating activities, excellent social interaction, with optimal patient independence in a calm and soothing atmosphere.
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