Just a few days ago, Actress Joke Silva revealed that her celebrity husband, Olu Jacobs is battling dementia with Lewy bodies.
Dementia is not a disease on its own but a general name used to describe a group of symptoms affecting one’s ability to process thought, which is severe enough to interfere with your daily life.
Going further, this are 4 things about the illness;
Most people equate the symptoms of dementia to only memory loss, but it goes beyond that, and these includes;
- Changes in behaviour
- Confusion and disorientation
- Delusions and hallucinations
- Difficulty communicating
- Problems judging speeds and distances
- Problems with balance and movement
- Difficulty in comprehension of things that are seen
- Problems focusing
- Difficulty in performing basic tasks like getting dressed
2.) Causes of Dementia
Depending on the area of the brain that is affected, dementia can affect people differently and cause different symptoms.
This illness is caused by damage to or loss of nerve cells and their connections in the brain.
3.) How To Prevent Dementia
Although there is no way to absolutely prevent the development of dementia, avoiding risk factors has been associated with a decrease in the possibility of developing dementia. Maintaining optimal health, including normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol, and normal blood sugars can make a difference in dementia risk. Staying physically active, avoiding tobacco use or excessive alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight, and preventing head injuries are also recommended.
4.) How To Cure Dementia
There is unfortunately no medical cure for the illness, but there are medications available to try to reduce the symptoms, but they do not cure the person. Physical exercise has been shown to be of some benefit in helping to maintain cognition. Staying engaged and participating in social events may also be of some help.