Living well with dementia is possible but your lifestyle and
environment play a significant role in both your health and
well-being. Diet, exercise, stress and your community all
contribute to your holistic wellness.
Maintaining a balanced diet can both slow cognitive change and
improve overall health. A balanced diet containing fruits,
vegetables, fish, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B complex and
vitamin E have been shown to reduce cognitive change and improve
Physical exercise has been shown to improve overall cognitive
wellness. Incorporating activities such as walking, running,
hiking, and other forms of aerobic exercise can improve both your
physical and cognitive health.
Environmental stressors, both chronic and perceived, can
contribute to reduced cognitive ability. Stress left unchecked
can turn into depression, anxiety and can cause physical ailments
like trouble breathing, sleeping and fatigue. Try eliminating
known triggers of stress in your life and incorporate activities
that bring you joy.
Build a Strong Support Network
The fear and stigma surrounding living with dementia may
contribute to feelings of social withdrawal. Isolation and
loneliness can lead to depression and increased rates of
cognitive change. Staying connected and engaged with your
community is essential to your health and well-being. Join a
meet-up group, club or support group who accept and understand
the changes you are experiencing.
When you need help or have questions, call the Alzheimer’s
Association 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.
If you are in need of additional support, consider Eskaton’s home
support network, Dayspring Pre-memory Care or Dawn of a New Day
Dayspring Pre-memory Care offers a blended
or transitional approach to assisted living and memory care. Residents early in their journey
with dementia experience supportive independence and engage
regularly in opportunities that promote self-expression, meaning
and growth. Eskaton’s well-being philosophy believes in
person-directed care where each person contributes and
participates in their wellness plan.
Dawn of a New Day Memory Care offers a transformative well-being approach to care
that supports the seven domains of well-being: identity,
connectedness, security, choice, meaning, growth and joy.
Residents participate in their own care and thrive in a
supportive environment designed specifically to support their
needs and promote socialization. Residents enjoy the intimacy of
private or semi-private rooms with integrated technology that
enhances independence. Opportunities to connect around the
neighborhood are bountiful from gardening in the courtyard to
dining with close friends during meals. The integration of music,
art, animals, children, volunteers, family members are a part of
the daily fabric of our neighborhood ensuring laughter and joy