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June is Alzheimer's and Brain Health Awareness Month.

We are all forgetful at times, regardless of age and mental health. As we age the risk of Dementia increases. Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease are often thought of as the same but they are different.

Dementia is applied to symptoms that negatively impact memory.

Alzheimer's is a progressive brain disease that causes impairment in memory and cognitive function. The brain shrinks and the cells die. This continuous decline in thinking, behavioral and social skills affect a person's ability to function independently. Changes in personality tends to be the most challenging.

This statement is true as I and my family found this to be the hardest thing to accept as my grandmother and now mother has Alzheimer's. The main take away if they are able to remain in the home is to remember that the person needs a calm, soothing environment. Maintain or limit noise and confusion. The person with Alzheimer's especially the early stage is internally frightened/scared because they are aware that something is changing. Reality testing only adds to their confusion. It is important for all family members to be on the same page and meet the needs of your loved one.

Hope is not lost. Some life style changes may be effective.

  1. Healthy weight

  2. Exercise

  3. Life long involvement in mentally and socially stimulating activities.

  4. Diet rich in vegetables, fruit and healthy oils.

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