September is World Alzheimer’s month and September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day. There are so many things about Alzheimer’s and dementia that are misunderstood around the world, and they are not talked about enough. In honor of this day, this post discusses what dementia is, common early symptoms of it, and some ways to lower dementia risk.

What is Dementia?

It is estimated that 152 million people across the world will live with dementia by 2050. As of right now, someone develops dementia every three seconds and 50 million people live with it. So, what is dementia exactly? Dementia refers to a group of degenerative brain syndromes that include Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. They are the most common diseases in the group, making up approximately 90% of dementia cases.

Symptoms of Dementia

Common early signs of dementia that appear as seniors age include forgetfulness and misplacing things. Repeating thoughts or words, confusing times and places, and trouble finding words are other signs. As the disease progresses, the elderly person impacted may have a hard time caring on a conversation, not taking care of personal hygiene, and having difficulty completing tasks such as cooking or paying bills.

Lower Your Dementia Risk

Developing dementia isn’t a given as people age. There are steps you can take to lower your risk of developing it and that is important to know. Things to do to lower your dementia riskinclude:

  • Eating a balanced diet. Avoid sugary foods, eat more vegetables. Fruit rich in antioxidants like cranberries, strawberries, and blueberries will also help.
  • Increase social engagement and avoid staying home all the time.
  • Stay mentally sharp by doing crossword puzzles, listening to the radio, learning a new language, or visiting museums .
  • Get plenty of aerobic exercise. Studies show moving 30 minutes every day will decrease your risk.

If you have a loved one who is dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in Orange County or Newport Beach, CA, turn to Optimal Senior Care Solutions. We are a resource you can turn to to find caregivers who understand the unique challenges presented by these conditions. Reach out to us to learn more about how we can help.