Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2016-17 Winter/Spring Edition - page 10

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means about eight hours each night.
• Stay socially connected.
Talk on the phone or in
person with family and friends. Get out and meet
new neighbors. Take classes and stay engaged.
• Protect your head.
There appears to be a strong
link between head trauma and dementia. Therefore,
fall-proof you home and by installing hand rails and
grab bars in places where falls are likely to occur.
Practice balancing exercises, too, so you are less
likely to fall. Finally, always wear your seat belt
when in a vehicle and wear a helmet when biking or
participating in other sports.
Managing Dementia with Medications
Although there is no known treatment to cure the
root cause of dementia or halt its progress, in recent
years, more medications have become available to
help manage some types of dementia. These drugs are
known as cholinesterase inhibitors, and in the U.S.,
there are four different types available: donepezil,
alantamine, rivastigmine and tacrine. Your doctor can
tell you more about how they might be able to help you
or someone you know who has dementia.
How to Help a Friend or Family Member with
Dementia
One of the most difficult problems for people with
dementia—as well as their family and those who
care for them—is gradual lessening of their ability to
communicate. If you have someone in your life who has
dementia, the following tips may help you communicate:
• Maintain a consistent, caring attitude.
Even
if they may no longer fully understand what you
say, they still retain feelings and emotions. Be
flexible and always allow plenty of time for them to
respond to help them maintain their self-esteem.
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