The Dementia You Can Prevent

The Dementia You Can Prevent!
 Feb. 2021 
 
In the past 12 years I have worked with many people who have been diagnosed with different types of dementia.  The cases that sadden me the most, are those people who have vascular dementia, especially when I see this type of dementia in people who are young. My sadness comes from knowing that in most cases, their memory loss, confusion and deterioration could have been prevented. 
 Shadow of elderly man, tree and clock
Most of us are familiar with Alzheimer’s type of dementia, but there are other causes of brain damage and memory loss.  Vascular dementia is caused by impaired blood flow to the brain.  It can be due to a stroke in the brain and many times it develops from mini strokes.  These are a series of small strokes that may go unnoticed.  
 
Vascular dementia may also be caused from poor circulation that deprives your brain of oxygen and other nutrients.  Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing can stop and start. This can cause a lack of oxygen to the brain which can cause vascular dementia. 
 
The factors that increase your risk of vascular dementia are also the same factors that increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.   These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and diabetes.   
 
How to reduce your risk of getting vascular dementia: 
 
1.Get checked for sleep apnea! If you snore loudly and wake up tired, go to your doctor and get checked.  This can easily be corrected and can prevent getting vascular dementia. 
 
2.Keep your blood pressure in the normal range.  
 
3.Prevent and control type 2 diabetes through diet, exercise and/or medication 
 
4.Keep your cholesterol at normal levels through diet and/or medication 
 
5.Do not smoke – smoking can damage your blood vessels 
 
6.Move – physical activity helps prevent all types of dementia  
 
One of my very first clients was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s type dementia. As I learned more about his health history, I found out that it was his sleep apnea that caused his dementia.   I was stunned.  I realized that this man, who could no longer function on his own, suffered from memory loss and confusion, could have continued with his normal life if he had only been checked and treated for sleep apnea.  
 
Please make sure you, your family and your friends do all they can to prevent getting vascular dementia. 
 
 
Oran Aviv has been a reflexologist for 25 years and has worked with people who have dementia for the past 12.  During the last 6 years she has studied and incorporated Validation into her work.  Validation is a way of communicating with people who have cognitive decline.  Today Oran is a Certified Validation teacher and combines both the principles of hand reflexology and Validation to teach caregivers and senior facility staff around the world. Oran is also the recipient of the Geller Prize for her work helping people with who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.  
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Oran’s first book, Beyond Words, Using Hand Reflexology to Help Your Loved One with Dementia, is soon coming out as an eBook for family caregivers.  Please contact us at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you would like to be notified when the eBook will be availalbe. 

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