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Equipped to...Forgive when they Forget (Understanding Age-related Illness and Dementia)
This newsletter introduces "Diagnosing Dementia", a comprehensive article found on my website.
There is a very important difference between simple forgetfulness, which tends to increase naturally as we age, and dementia, which is a diagnosed medical disease.
Our brains decline in much the same way as our bodies as they age. They are just like our muscles in this way – if we don't use them we lose them. There are many things we can do to help keep our brains active into old age, and thus lessen our chances of becoming forgetful. (See below)
Dementia, on the other hand, has very specific symptoms and is characterised by multiple cognitive deficits.
After retirement, many people do not engage in activities that stretch their mental capacity at all - they lead a lifestyle of routine doing the same things week after week, month after month, year in and year out. If we want to keep our brain sharp, we have to keep it busy! We need to exercise our brains, just as we need to exercise our bodies.
There are many brain-building activities elderly people can consider. These include:
Read Diagnosing Dementia
When we talk about someone having “Alzheimer’s” we actually mean they have dementia. Dementia has very specific symptoms (it is not just the commonly held belief of “a demented person being really batty!”)
Simply put, Dementia has the following symptoms:
a) Aphasia (language disturbance)
These symptoms start gradually and continue to get worse and worse.
(Refer to the full article, Diagnosing Dementia, on my website for detailed information, including causes and prevalence of this disease.)
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