Like other chronic illnesses or ‘lifestyle diseases’, preventing dementia involves a healthy diet, regular exercise and active care of your emotional and mental state.
Treating dementia requires a holistic, team approach. Medication, although it is important, should not be the only form of treatment.
Psychology is a very healthy way of talking through difficult situations to help persons cope with issues happening in their lives. This is particularly useful to help persons understand what a diagnosis of dementia can mean for then, or to help family members cope with the disease when things are stressful and they feel frustrated.
These professionals are very useful for stroke and dementia patients. They are trained in helping people with communication issues or swallowing problems.
Occupational Therapy is very important for persons who have fallen ill and can no longer go about their daily tasks the way they used to. Occupational Therapists assist with increasing a person’s independence and confidence by helping them to adapt and learn how to do day to day tasks such as bathing, dressing and hobbies even though they are ill.