A diagnosis of dementia can be frightening, and diagnosed elderly adults oftentimes take it to mean that life is over. However, it is important to keep in mind that this is a progressive condition that differs from person to person. In fact, the rate at which dementia progresses widely varies.
If you’ve been diagnosed, here are four things you can do to help preserve your existing lifestyle and slow the progression of dementia.
Visit Your Physician
Keeping up with routine checkups and following the doctor’s instructions about exercising regularly, eating right, and getting the right amount of sleep might assist you in avoiding other health issues and potentially stave off dementia-oriented symptoms.
Remain Connected to Friends and Family
Patients with dementia frequently conceal their condition, and withdraw from family and friends. Remaining socially active with peers helps your mental and physical health.
Studies by Chicago’s Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, have proven that social isolation is related to an increased cognitive decline risk.
Loved ones will want to be there to help; however, they can’t if they do not know what is happening.
Discover Ways to Make Daily Tasks Easier
As the condition progresses, you’ll find it more challenging to recall things; therefore, put systems into place now that can help you later on.
- Create lists of what you should do. Write down reminders as soon as you come up with something you need.
- Establish automatic bill pay through the bank so you do not forget to pay bills.
- Use your alarm to assist you in remembering to take your medicine.
Secure Your Living Area
- Remove all unnecessary furniture to make it more convenient to navigate.
- Secure or remove throw rugs in order to prevent slips and falls.
- Install grab bars inside the bathroom for assistance getting into the shower and onto the toilet.
- Install automatic shutoff on your stove.
As you make a list of all the professionals you should add to your speed dial, do not forget your home healthcare professionals. Get in touch with Saad Healthcare at our Alabama office at 1 (800) 279-7223 right away for more insight on how we can help.