As of today, there are over half a million individuals suffering from dementia in Canada, with about 25,000 projected additional cases diagnosed each year. It’s an incredibly debilitating disease because it progresses over time and affects vital parts of the brain including memory, cognitive thinking, problem-solving skills, and more.
Dementia is an overarching term that describes several types of dementia-related diseases — the most common one being Alzheimer’s disease. The tragic reality is that it is not curable, and the causes are numerous and often unknown.
It’s typically associated with brain cell death, which happens over time, and is also caused by brain tumors, brain injuries, strokes, and other causes.
Integracare is a home healthcare service provider for Seniors and we deliver the best dementia care for your loved ones in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Our compassionate Caregivers visit your loved one’s place of residence to provide genuine companionship and support.
We have been around for almost 30 years and we pride ourselves on our professional training programs for Caregivers. We work closely with the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto that staff receives regular training through engaging workshops on caring for dementia patients.
If someone you loved has recently been diagnosed with a type of dementia it’s recommended that you put a healthcare plan in place immediately. The disease progresses with time and often quickly. Your loved one will feel overwhelmed, agitated, and confused a lot of the time. Giving them the option to remain at home alleviates a lot of stress and anxiety.
They’ll be in a recognizable place and any sort of familiarity is welcomed as their disease increases with time.
Although there is no cure for dementia and the causes for it are still largely unidentified, evidence has shown that there are a few things that human beings can do to reduce the risk of dementia-related diseases.
Different Types of Dementia
There are several different types of dementia that one can attain. Some of the more common ones include:
- Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia. Symptoms include memory loss, repetition in speech, and trouble with concentration and orientating themselves in time (not knowing what day, month, even year it is)
- Vascular Dementia is the second most common type of dementia. It’s caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain, and over time individuals diagnosed with the disease will experience trouble with completing tasks and will often experience visual hallucinations.
- Parkinson’s Disease Dementia is often a symptom of Parkinson’s disease. Early signs include problems with reasoning and judgment such as understanding visual information or remembering how to complete simple daily tasks.
When a loved one has been diagnosed with one of these, or other types of dementia consult a trusted Toronto home health care service such as Integracare to get the best care for your family member.
It’s difficult to take care of a dementia patient without professional and highly trained help. We’re there for you every step of the way.
Reduce the Risk
The biggest risk factor for dementia is getting older, but there are suggestions from medical professionals to keep in mind.
Our Caregivers work with your loved one to ensure they receive the best healthcare and this includes the prevention of dementia and keeping them mentally and physically alert.
Be sure to tell the Senior in your life, as well as their Caregiver these tips on how to keep their aging minds and bodies active.
Regular Physical Activity
Regular physical activity is one of the best ways to reduce dementia. It’s great for the heart, circulation, weight maintenance, and mental wellbeing.
It’s often helpful to start off with a small amount of activity and build up gradually, particularly if your family member or friend has mobility issues. Even ten minutes per day is good.
Integracare staff will work out a daily routine and be sure to get your loved one up and moving for a little bit every day — even if it is simply walking around the house a couple of times or a few minutes of chair yoga in front of the television.
If your loved one is able, our Caregivers can also assist with physical activities such as gardening in the yard or a light game of badminton or a visit to the local indoor pool.
Healthy, Nutritious Meals
When your loved one needs full-time assistance, Integracare offers round the clock care and support. One of the benefits of a live-in caregiver is that they can prepare delicious, healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You won’t have to worry about your family member or friend being hungry when they’re under our watch.
A healthy and balanced diet may reduce the risk of dementia, as well as other serious conditions including stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Our Caregivers make sure to include at least five portions of fruits and vegetables every day, lots of protein, and to incorporate foods that are rich in Omega fatty acids. These include oily fish (salmon, mackerel), eggs, and flax seeds.
It’s important for Seniors to maintain high levels of Omega 3. Research has shown that foods that contain Omega 3 are beneficial to the brain and the strengthening of memory because of the fatty acids.
In addition to foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, our Caregivers are diligent about limiting sugar and salt when cooking meals for your loved one. We want our Clients to feel good inside and out. A healthy diet can help keep the mind active as well as the body, and it’s important to us that we do our part to keep your loved one physically and emotionally fit.
It’s critical to keep Seniors’ minds active because it’s likely this will help to reduce signs and symptoms of dementia. Integracare Caregivers engage with your friend or family member by challenging them with activities that stimulate the mind.
Just the fact that your loved one has someone with them at all times to communicate with is a huge advantage. Many seniors experience isolation and loneliness, making it difficult to interact with others and to keep their minds on top of things.
Our Caregivers will find an activity that your loved one enjoys while at the same time challenges their minds. These activities could include:
- Puzzles, crosswords, and quizzes
- Trivia games
- Studying a new language
- Learning a new hobby such as knitting, woodworking, or painting
- Card games and board games
- Reading and writing creative fiction
- Pet therapy
It’s also a great idea for a Client to engage in community or volunteer work if mobility and health issues allow for it because it gets them out and helping others.
Integracare is one of the most recognizable Senior home healthcare in the Greater Toronto Area, and we aim to support those with dementia and other serious illnesses. There are many more benefits of in-home health care and you can discover the possibilities by visiting our website.
Dementia is a debilitating and exhausting illness. Let us help to alleviate some of the pain and stress of your family’s lives.
Your loved one will have the freedom to remain comfortable at home, and our compassionate and professional Caregivers ensure that they receive the love and respect that they deserve.