Dementia is a scary disease. None of us like to think about a loved one, or even ourselves, getting dementia in our later years in life. However, an estimated 47.5 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, so it is a definite reality that many of us will have to face.
What is dementia?
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.
What is the cause of dementia?
Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells. This damage interferes with the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other. When brain cells cannot communicate normally, thinking, behavior and feelings can be affected. This often leads to individuals forgetting to care for their basic needs such as feeding themselves, taking medications and bathing.
What can I do if a loved one (or myself) start showing signs of dementia?
Although currently there is no known cure for dementia, there are programs available like the Nexus Program at Silverado that is designed to help individuals in the early stages of dementia build and maintain cognitive ability. The Nexus Program consists of six (6) main pillars that may slow down the progression of dementia, however cannot reverse or restore any cognitive losses.
What are the Six (6) pillars of Nexus?
- Physical Exercise
- Stress Reduction
- Cognitive Exercise
- Specialized Digital Programs
- Purposeful Social Activities
- Support Groups
Gaining knowledge about dementia and learning what to expect can often ease some of the stress surrounding this emotional and difficult situation. For more information about the Nexus Program at Silverado, and to listen to world renowned dementia experts discuss the importance of Nexus, please click here: The Experts Speak.