I’m sure many of you have heard the word Dementia in the news quite a bit in the last day or so. Following a brain biopsy, it was discovered that the world famous actor and comedian, Robin Williams, had a form of Dementia called Lewy Body Dementia. Due to a misdiagnosis he was not given the right cocktail of medications for his disease. Regardless of conclusion to this great man’s story, he was a man suffering with a disease that effects roughly 5 million people in the United States. Dementia is a major factor that contributes to senior mortality rate. As we age it is of upmost importance to stay as healthy as possible and keep healthcare professionals and family caregivers involved.
For those who are aging or suffering from dementia, growing health needs need to become a priority. There are many things you can do to make the general aging process a little easier. If you do happen to develop a disease, there are measures that can help in the early discovery of the disease, thus giving you a better chance for management of the disease with therapy and medication. A post on the Senior Living Blog yesterday had some great suggestion. Though the article does not refer to dementia or other diseases directly, we have found these tips to be very helpful in that area. The article is titled “10 Healthy Habits for Seniors to Keep.” Some of our favorite tips were, “2. Focus on Prevention” and “4. Visit the Dentist Every 6 Months.” Check out the rest of the post here.
Dementia is a very hard disease to deal with, and at times can be challenging to diagnose. Ultimately the best thing you can do is create a health routine for yourself and involve family and loved ones. If something with your body or mind seems out of the ordinary, get it checked out. We all age and deteriorate, but enjoy life, and stay on top of your health!
Here is a link to the recent article about Robin Williams.
– Georgetown Home Care