Dementia is a devastating disease for those who suffer from it and for those who have relatives or care for people with dementia. So how do we spot the early signs of dementia?
As defined by the dictionary it is ‘a chronic disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning’.
Around 800,000 people in the UK have dementia. One in three people over 65 will develop dementia. Two-thirds of people with dementia are women and the number of people with dementia overall is increasing.
Common early symptoms of dementia are:
Memory loss: Declining memory, especially short-term memory, is the most common early symptom of dementia. A person with dementia will not only forget their neighbour’s name but also the context.
Difficulty with familiar tasks: People with dementia often find it hard to complete everyday tasks that are familiar, the things others do without thinking. A person with dementia may not know in what order to put clothes on or the steps for preparing a meal.
Language problems: Occasionally everyone has trouble finding the right word but a person with dementia often forgets simple words or may substitute unusual words and this makes speech and/or writing hard to understand.
Disorientation: People with dementia can become lost in familiar places such as the street they live in, they forget where they are or how they got there, and do not know how to get back home.
Impaired Judgement: People with dementia may dress inappropriately for the weather, wearing too little on cold days or too much on hot day.
Misplacing things: people with dementia may put things in unusual places such as milk in the cupboard or watch in a sugar bowl.
Changes in mood or behaviour: People with dementia may become unusually emotional and experience rapid mood swings or they may show less emotion than is usual for them.
Changes in personality: People with dementia may become suspicious, irritable, depressed, apathetic or anxious and agitated especially in situations where memory problems are causing difficulties.
If you believe you are notice early signs of dementia and are concerned about a friend or relative it is always advisable to visit your doctor to discuss your concerns and to get a correct diagnosis. However scary this may be it is always better to know and to deal with the issues head on.
We will discuss some strategies at the end that could be used to slow down the process, the earlier these type of chronic illnesses are identified the better chance you have of recovery.
Changes in the brain plaques and clusters in the brain interfere with signals between brain cells and inflammation makes the problem worse.
Curcumin: Curcumin protects brain cells from damaging inflammation. It has been shown to shrink the accumulated plaques that interfere with brain cell signals. It may also play a role in regenerating neurons, creating new brain cells and refreshing cells.
Curcumin has been shown to cross the blood/brain barrier this means it can reach brain cells. However please be aware that standard curcumin extracts are not well absorbed, so the type you use can make a significant difference.
Vitamin D is synthesized by our bodies when we are exposed to sunlight. However, by age 65, changes to our skin mean that out our ability to produce vitamin D is reduced by up to 60%. Low levels of vitamin D mean you are twice as likely to experience mental decline.
Rosemary and Sage Oil. Oils from rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and Spanish sage (Salvia lavandulifolia) plants have a long history of use as aids to enhancing memory and learning.
Glutathione is the body’s “master antioxidant” but levels drop off with age which is when we need them the most. By age 40 we are making 30 percent less, and by 65, as much as 50 percent less. Glutathione protects brain cells. Supplementation with effective glutathione can play an important role in prevention, or slowing the progression of dementia.
Getting the right form of any supplements is crucial
Many supplements are synthetic and useless when it comes to fighting disease. They can create inflammation and, as we discussed, inflammation is one of the causes of dementia.
The positive news is that the more we learn about this devastating disease, we are discovering the links between diet, lifestyle and exercise that contribute to dementia which means that by making changes to our diet, lifestyle, exercise and including natural medicines we can make an impact, to help slow and possibly even reverse the damage.
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