Dementia is a term used to describe a decline in mental ability. This may include loss of memory and difficulties with thinking, language, and problem-solving. Changes in mood and behaviour can also occur.
In the UK, one in 14 people over 65 will develop Dementia. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease, followed by Vascular Dementia. Alzheimer’s Disease is characterised by beta-amyloid deposits of plaque in the brain but beyond that is poorly understood. As with every chronic disease, it is multi-factorial, the key is to understand the root cause, and treat the individual, not the disease label.
Nutrient deficiencies and toxicity
It is believed that nutrient deficiencies, especially B12 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, as well as toxicity of heavy metals and pesticides may contribute to the formation of plaque deposits. Oxidative stress – or a lack of antioxidants – within the central nervous system is also involved.
At Optimal Health we are also able to assess your heavy metal status and provide tailored nutritional advice to support healthy aging. In addition to the right diet for you, there are several ways that you can help improve brain function and may slow down the progression of dementia.
Help improve brain function
Physical Exercise: Even a moderate amount of regular exercise can help improve brain function, reduce stress, and improve overall physical health.
Cognitive Stimulation: Engaging in mentally stimulating activities such as puzzles, reading, or playing games can help improve cognitive function.
Social Interaction: Staying socially active can help improve mood, reduce stress, provide a sense of purpose and can also help improve cognitive function.
Music Therapy: Music therapy can help reduce agitation, anxiety, and depression in individuals with dementia. It can also improve mood and enhance cognitive function.
How Optimal Health Can Help
If you are concerned about any sort of decline in mental activity then we recommend starting with an Initial Health Consultation for new patients. We connect via Zoom, listen clearly to your health concerns and priorities, ensure our philosophy meets your needs, and recommend the best starting point for an Optimal Health Treatment Pathway©