We all know that we don’t live forever, but while we are on this Earth, we want to try to live the best quality life that we can. For those diagnosed with dementia, their time living a high quality of life is often cut short. This is why the value of time is so crucial, to those with dementia and those who are caregivers.
Dementia is a progressive disease, meaning it worsens over time. Early diagnosis is important for living a longer and better life. There are things you can do to mitigate the onset of dementia if diagnosed early on. This is why time is so precious. Timing is everything, especially when it comes to being diagnosed. Even if you do not feel like you are experiencing symptoms of dementia, once you hit the age of 65, you should always undergo cognitive and neuro testing. Once you receive your results, you can start cognitive exercises to delay the onset of dementia. In fact, even before the age of 65, you should start doing things like new and novel learning to mitigate dementia.
SMART Brain Aging can help. Not only do we offer the appropriate testing, we also offer cognitive therapy to those with stage 1 or stage 2 dementia. We also offer an online program of brain games for all ages, as it is never too early to start working your brain and preserving your memory.
Time tends to fly, especially when we spend so much time helping others. As a caregiver, you must take the time to do things for yourself and do things that you enjoy. It is also important to remember to live in the moment. Caregiving is stressful and it can be easy to constantly worry about the future. But you need to take a deep breath and enjoy the present. Not only will this keep you from feeling resentment, it will also set a good example for the patient with dementia to do the same.
SMART Brain Aging offers a support group for caregivers! Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, the group meets at 5pm at The Dementia Center of Arizona.
Contact us today to learn how we can help you mitigate dementia and how we can help you cope with the stress of being a caregiver!