Dementia, one of the leading causes of death in the western world, is a growing concenr in elderly people. By learning to help people cope with and prevent the onset of dementia, your training skills will give greater value to the patient. Here we discuss five facts about dementia you may not know.
Women face a higher risk of dementia
Did you know that almost twice as many women have Alzheimer’s Disease as men do, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration. In a recent study from the University of California San Diego, researches discovered that AD worsens at a quicker rate in women than it does in men.
In addition, researches also uncovered that brain shrinkage was more severe in women with Alzheimer’s Disease than in it was in men with the condition. There is no certified explanation for the outcome although assumptions have been made that brain changes in women with AD may be from other causes.
The head and the heart are linked
A man or woman suffering from heart disease may have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Other conditions can influence the onset too, they include:
– High blood pressure
– High cholesterol
– Poor diet
– Non-active lifestyle
Experts believe that heart disease may also be a trigger of vascular dementia, which is a variant of dementia that is caused by the narrowing of blood vessels in the brain.
Education plays a key role in prevention
First documented on Mayo Clinic, education is said to have a positive effect on the prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. The more education you have, they say, the lower your risk is. Healthcare professionals also champion the notion that if you learn new things in old age, you will also stand a greater chance of lowering the odds. Suggested ideas include:
– Taking up a class
– Learning a foreign language
– Learning to play a musical instrument
The results can be fatal
Unbeknown to many, Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of death, particularly for patients in the UK and US. Back in In 2010, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that more than 83,000 people died as a result of having dementia. Only heart disease, cancer, some breathing diseases, stroke, and accidents were responsible for a higher number of deaths than AD. Another frightening fact, cited by the Alzheimer’s Association, is that approximately one in three seniors die with AD or another form of dementia.
A unique fatality cause
Alzheimer’s Disease has been reported as being the only one of the top 10 causes of death in the developed world without any solutions for preventing, curing, or slowing it down, according to the American Alzheimer’s Association. Research has been conducted into producing a vaccine, however no thorough advancements have been made for ensuring the prevention of the spread of AD. Medicines can be used to relieve symptoms, as a short term solution.
This information has been supplied by PCHT, leaders in providing Person Centre Healthcare Training to staff and management working in the Healthcare Sector in care of the Older Person. More information on training for healthcare can be found at www.pcht.ie.