Dementia is a degenerative condition that affects the brain, causing memory loss and other cognitive impairments. While there is no cure for dementia, there are ways to reduce the risk of developing the condition and slow down its progression. Here at Athena Healthcare Group, we always ensure that we provide our dementia patients with the best care to suit their individual needs.
Here are 5 ways to prevent memory loss in dementia and how we incorporate them in our care homes.
1. Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise is known to improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of developing dementia. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain and promotes the growth of new brain cells, which can help to prevent memory loss. Every week our activity teams create an activity schedule. These activities are chosen based of the care needs of the residents and what interests them. For example, they include the likes of chair exercises and dance fit.
2. Eat a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is essential for maintaining optimal brain function and preventing memory loss. Here at Athena Healthcare Group, we ensure our residents get nutritious meals that are rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. The menus are varied and designed to keep the residents interested and excited when it comes to food.
3. Engage in Mental Stimulation
Mental stimulation, such as reading, puzzles, or learning a new skill, can help to keep the brain active and prevent memory loss. Therefore, engaging in mentally stimulating activities on a regular basis can improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of dementia. Here at Athena Healthcare Group, we include music reminiscence therapy in our weekly activities, which our residents love to take part in.
4. Get Quality Sleep
Sleep is important for memory consolidation and brain function. Aim to get seven to eight hours of quality sleep per night to help prevent memory loss. All our rooms come with single beds; however, our residents are more than welcome to bring their items from home. So, if you or your loved one finds that they sleep better in their own bed, don’t worry.
5. Stay Socially Active
Socialising with friends and family can help to prevent memory loss and reduce the risk of dementia. Social isolation can lead to cognitive decline, so make an effort to stay connected with others. We always ensure that our residents are given the option to socialise through our weekly activities. Family and friends are always encouraged to visit and join in with activities and events which are held in the Lodges.
If you or a loved one is living with dementia, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our specialised care services.