Early Warning Signs That May Indicate Dementia
Frequent Falls and Coordination Problems
Disregard for the Law
Poor judgement with relation to finances or even obeying the law can be an early sign of changes in the brain connected to frontotemporal dementia (FTD). “It is sometimes hard to wrap our minds around the concept that a specific part of our brain is not functioning properly, leading to behaviors that may range the gamut of disruptive, detached and sometimes criminal,”
Missing Sarcasm or Lies
Staring Off Into Space
Loss of Motor and Cognitive Skills
Eating Foreign Objects
“Cognitive empathy is the ability to understand another person’s emotional state. It allows you to pick up on someone else’s mood, whether it be happy, fearful, or concerned,” explained Dr. Muireann Irish of Neuroscience Research Australia. This loss of empathy is often a result of dementia, particularly due to the loss of cells in what researchers often call the “social brain.”
Science-Backed Tips That Can Prevent Dementia/Alzheimer
Foods to Prevent Dementia
Bulk up on B12 and controlling homocysteine levels
Increase your vitamin D intake
Often called the “sunshine vitamin,” just 10–30 minutes of exposure to midday sun a few times a week can give you all the vitamin D you need. This component is important for helping your body to process calcium, and not having enough has ramifications related to bone density, as well as increased risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
Did you know that your morning cup of Joe isn’t just a good way to wake up? It’s also a means for preventing dementia. According to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, “coffee drinking of 3-5 cups per day at midlife was associated with a decreased risk of dementia/AD by about 65 percent at late-life” in a study on cardiovascular risk factors, aging, and dementia conducted in Finland.
Protect your head
According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, while there is no known connection between mild brain trauma, such as bumping your head on a door or wall, elderly people with a history of moderate brain trauma had a 2.3 times greater risk of dementia, while those with serious brain trauma had a 4.5 times greater risk.
Minimize alcohol intake
Brain exercises are great
Keeping your brain sharp with puzzles, math, and mentally challenging games is a great way to prevent dementia for healthy adults according to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.
Make sure to relax and rest!
While not getting enough sleep can have catastrophic effects on your emotional well-being, it can also be incredibly destructive to your body and mind. According to the National Institutes of Health, “In a small study, losing just one night of sleep led to an increase in beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain associated with impaired brain function and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Music can help to reduce depression, agitation, and problems with one’s mood.
Link Between Alzheimer’s and Gut Confirmed
Depression and Dementia
The prevalence of depression in people with dementia has been reported to exceed 60 percent. Despite their obvious differences, it is becoming ever more apparent that depression and dementia may be two sides of the same coin. People with dementia often have depression; if the depression remains untreated, the associated memory and cognitive problems worsen. Conversely, a significant history of depression seems to be a risk factor for dementia; the two disorders may thus co-exist in a vicious self-sustaining cycle. A longitudinal, three-wave epidemiologic study published in 2013 concluded: “Severe depression increases the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, even after controlling for the competing risk of death.”