Dementia and Brain Health

Dementia and Brain Health

Dementia is an umbrella term used for multiple conditions involving symptoms affecting the brain’s functioning. It is a chronic condition that worsens over time, and unfortunately, there is no cure for it. There are, however, some treatments that may help ease symptoms for some people and improve their quality of life. Suggest seeing a family physician if you notice a decline in your loved one’s memory, ability to plan, language, and judgement.

You may also notice some physical changes, like loss of coordination and bladder control; they may have weak and stiff muscles, have trouble standing, sitting, or walking, and may have changes in their mood and behaviour. If you’ve ever wondered if you or your elderly parent or grandparent may be showing signs of dementia, make an appointment with your family doctor to discuss your concerns.

It’s very common for our brains to slow down as we age and be more forgetful about things, like where we set the car keys when we got home last night. But did you know that 3% of people who have been diagnosed with dementia are under the age of 65? Early onset dementia symptoms are usually overlooked as simply just getting older. “It just comes with old age,” many people say when they start forgetting things or their physical abilities show signs of declining. Always get a physician’s opinion when your body goes through unusual changes.

If you want more information on dementia and brain health, MLP Residence is hosting a free information seminar on February 28th at 1:30 pm in our Montage Theatre. This session is open to the public for anyone who wants to learn. MLP is working with the Hastings and Prince Edward Alzheimer’s Society’s Public Education Coordinator, Jeneice Renaud, to help bring awareness and educate our community on dementia. They provide great information on how to communicate with someone who has dementia and many other valuable tips about coping with dementia as well. If you’re looking for resources for yourself or a family member, this is the place to be, as they will provide information on dementia-friendly communities in our surrounding areas and helpful resources to make life a bit easier for you and your loved one.

The address for this seminar is 13468 Loyalist Parkway, Picton, Ontario. Please call 613.476.0444, ext.502, to register for the free event. It’s never too early or too late to learn about brain health and how dementia affects the brain. Call us now and get your FREE spot registered.

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