What Really Delays Dementia?

In-home Caregiver Del Mar Dementia Risks

The In-home Caregiver near Del Mar Sorts Through Some Dementia Theories

What’s the “million-dollar question” in medicine today? One of the top few—actually worth far, far more than a million dollars—is what causes dementia. As scientists continue to work night and day to find a cause and a cure for this common disease of the elderly, the best we can do is try to find out whether there is anything we can do to delay its progress. Theories abound, from the obvious to the sketchy, on just what is within our power. Today, the in-home caregiver near Del Mar tries to help us sort things out.

What Should We Do?

If you are looking for advice on how to prevent dementia or slow its progress, you will find plenty. The most obvious suggestions are probably also the most effective:

  • Keep the mind active every day with human conversation, reading, learning, and complex mental tasks that keep the mind “exercising.”
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which supply vitamins and minerals to the mind and keep it healthy.

There are always new studies coming out with more specific suggestions on what might reduce dementia risk. Some of the most recent include:

  • Cataract surgery, which enhances vision and puts less strain on the brain.
  • Gardening—like crossword puzzles and many other specific activities mentioned as beneficial, gardening forces the brain to tackle complex problems and coordinate physical actions.
  • Some diabetes drugs appear to slightly slow the development of dementia.

At the end of the spectrum are highly unusual studies: one recent study suggests that losing a spouse may reduce the survivor’s risk for developing dementia.

What Should We Not Do?

What activities make us more likely to get dementia faster? For one thing, ignoring the suggestions listed above. Limited engagement with other people, whether friends, family, or even an in-home caregiver in San Diego County, makes it easy for the brain to slow down and become frail. A poor diet deprives the brain of the nutrients it needs to maintain energy against the pull of old age.

Obesity and alcohol consumption are also currently in the spotlight as risk factors for dementia. Pursuing a healthy diet, though, will combat these factors as well as many other life-threatening illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.

A Final Suggestion: an In-home Caregiver in San Diego County

We would like to suggest that a compassionate, energetic, personable caregiver can also help a senior stave off dementia. She can provide invigorating conversation, play mind-exercising games, accompany the senior on walks through the neighborhood for valuable physical activity, and cook healthy meals that are full of all the vitamins your loved one needs. If your senior family member is facing the development of dementia, we would like to come alongside you and help you care for them.

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Originally posted 2014-07-17 10:30:47.

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About Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.