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Is Dementia the New Heart Disease?

home health care winston-salemAfter years of building awareness and educational outreach on the effects of heart disease, the nation has seen a great reduction in heart disease since the 1960s.

That is great news. But it led to another interesting finding. As people live longer, and maybe healthier lives without the risk of dying from a heart attack, there are other things that will begin to become a greater problem. One of these is dementia.

Memory loss can be hastened by failing hearing or degenerating neurons, things that naturally occur as people get older. It can also be caused by clogged or hardened arteries.

There are different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and Lewy Body dementia. The symptoms vary, but over-arching symptoms of dementia include:

– Memory loss
– Trouble recalling events or recognizing people and places
– Trouble finding the right words
– Problems planning and carrying out every-day tasks
– Trouble controlling moods or behaviors.
– Not keeping up personal care such as grooming or bathing.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. There are many medications that can help with reducing symptoms associated with dementia. It can also be challenging as a caregiver for a person with dementia.

Here at Piedmont HomeHealth, we understand what you’re going through. You might need help or support to continue to give your loved ones the best possible care. Our staff is fully trained in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and we take great pride in our compassion and patience with each and every client.

Questions? Contact us, or call (336) 724-1197 to learn more about the services we provide. It might be just what you’re looking for in terms of caring for your loved ones.