Physical exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, contributing to general fitness, muscle control and coordination, and for a holistic sense of wellbeing. It is also essential for maintaining adequate blood flow to the brain. Exercise may stimulate brain cell growth and survival, which is required to slower down the pace of dementia.
The Samvedna Senior Care team conducted an experiential workshop for family members of people with dementia on the theme ‘Experiencing Empathy’ on the 23rd of September, 2017. This was to mark World Alzheimer’s Day that was on 21st September.
Animals have been used therapeutically to benefit people suffering from emotional and behavioural disorders for many years. With new advancements being made every year, researchers are finding that pets can have many positive effects on those suffering from dementia as well.
Mataji (my octogenarian mother) was diagnosed with dementia, an irreversible and terminal brain disease, about 3 years back. She had been showing symptoms since at least last 5 years, but we failed to notice them due to our ignorance about the disease.
Samvedna Senior Care Foundation organizes Dementia Support Group (DSG) meetings on a monthly basis. Any caregiver of a Dementia patient can attend this meeting, and it is free of charge. Caregivers are invited to discuss and share their experiences and challenges so that it can help other caregivers.
Individuals with dementia find it easier to live in familiar surroundings. They prefer to eat things and spend their day in the comfort of a familiar environment. Having a routine that is consistent helps them as it reduces uncertainty and confusion.
Diet is an important factor that plays a role in preventing or delaying the onset of Dementia. However with growing age it is not easy to change dietary patterns, and healthy dietary habits are best adapted at a young age.
We recently came across an article on the effects of anesthesia on Alzheimer’s, and how the two of them don’t mix well. You can read the article here – Alzheimer’s and Anesthesia.
We asked our in-house Geriatric Physician Dr Chawla to comment on this. Dr. Satish Chawla MD, FACP, AIIMS, who is a retired Geriatric Physician from the United States Navy. He is an expert in geriatric medicine. Here is what he had to say –
I am working as a Dementia Care Specialist at Samvedna Senior Care. We organize Dementia Support group meetings for caregivers on a monthly basis and invite people from various parts of Delhi-NCR to come discuss, support and share their stories. This meeting is free of charge for dementia care givers.