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Dementia is a cognitive disorder that is characterized by the gradual deterioration of memory and intellectual abilities, orientation, and personality. Dementia impairs an individual’s capacity for thinking, reasoning, recalling, learning, and retaining new knowledge and skills, problem-solving, and decision-making. It causes a gradual deterioration in the affected individual’s social life and everyday routines. Dementia has no cure, but its progression can be slowed down with proper treatment and medications. Read on for more information to help you in understanding dementia.

Signs and Symptoms of Dementia

You may fail to acknowledge common symptoms of dementia as an indicator of a serious condition. Individuals exhibiting such behavior may regard them as a regular part of one’s aging process. Here are some symptoms to look out for.

  • Changes in personality, behavior, and regular mood swings
  • Poor or decreased sense of judgment
  • Memory loss and forgetfulness affecting daily tasks
  • Difficulty in planning or problem-solving
  • Inability to properly communicate
  • Misplacing things and being unable to retrace their steps
  • Withdrawing from work or social activities

Causes and Risks Associated with Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia. When brain cells and their internal structure become surrounded by abnormal proteins, this results in a loss of chemical connections and the gradual death of cells. Day-to-day memory problems are typically the first sign to be recognized, although additional symptoms tend to arise over time. Other common forms include vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Lewy body dementia. Although dementia cannot be effectively cured or prevented, a healthy and active lifestyle may help mitigate risk factors associated with the condition, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and obesity. Keeping physically and mentally active, staying socially engaged, and having control over one’s health can help lower the risk of dementia.

Memory Care for Dementia

If your loved one has dementia, they will require ample care in a supervised setting. Our nationally acclaimed SHINE® Memory Care program utilizes a person-centered approach to provide the long-term care residents require in a safe, secure, and holistic environment, alongside assistance with day-to-day tasks and a calendar of activities that promote the cultivation of self-confidence, independence, and personal growth. Team members undergo extensive training and are equipped with the expertise required to care for those dealing with dementia and other memory-related conditions. The health, wellbeing, and happiness of our residents are the utmost priority, and we will do anything within our means to guide and support them.

Embark on Memory Care with Aston Gardens At Pelican Pointe

If you are interested to enroll your loved one in a memory program, look no further than our SHINE® Memory Care program at Aston Gardens At Pelican Pointe. We offer a wide range of amenities and services in an idyllic, resort-like environment, with plenty of opportunities for residents to enjoy their retirement. Have questions? Get in touch with our team of professionals who will assist you and answer any questions you may have regarding memory care and other senior living programs.