There are many different diseases and conditions that can cause the symptoms of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is one of them. In fact it is the most common cause of dementia; experts say it is responsible for 50 – 80% of the dementia that we see.
Dementia is not considered to be a normal part of aging, even though the chances for developing it increase as we age. By the time we reach the age of 85, 50% of us have dementia. Experts recommend that exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain. Other lifestyle choices that may help ward off dementia include a healthy diet, getting plenty of mental stimulation from purposeful, pleasurable activities, quality sleep, successfully managing stress, trying new things, and maintaining social connections and interactions.
--Marysue Moses, Ebenezer Dementia Care Program Coordinator