Dementia TreatmentAs the science of medicine extensively researches and improves the treatment of dementia, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's Disease, it is also becoming more aware of the factors over a lifetime that can prevent development of these conditions.
As the average lifespan increases for both males and females, the incidence of these age-related conditions rises. Worldwide 24 million people are already affected by the cognitive impairment of dementia. In more developed countries, 70% of these patients are 75 years or older. Now there is growing evidence that the exposure over a lifetime to certain risk factors is evident. Even with genetic susceptibility, actions can be taken to prevent the onset or the severity:
- active involvement in physical, mental and social activities has been previously described in this blog as being important; these activities provide brain stimulation and exercise
- blood pressure control
- treatment of diabetes
As time goes on, even more evidence-based research will pinpoint ways all people can minimize their risk of being affected.