Over the years our diet and health awareness has improved greatly, so much so that as a result we are living longer than ever before. Experts believe that we are now living in an “aging society”; this is great news indeed. However, there is a downside to all this. In many cases, the rate of diseases or illnesses – particularly associated with the older generation – has also increased. Probably the most serious of which is dementia. Dementia takes on many forms and probably the most common form is Alzheimer’s. Dementia affects various areas of cognition including: memory, attention, language and so on. In fact losing someone to dementia can be extremely distressing to the people that are close to the individual. So what can be done to help stave off the onset of dementia? It is widely believed that the longer the mind is kept active, the better it may be in dealing with dementia later on. Products specifically designed for this purpose are indeed a step in the right direction. So let’s talk about dementia products.
Dementia products are available in various forms but with one purpose which is to help to prevent the onset of dementia or lessen the impact of the disease. The main purpose of the products are to keep the mind active and the products that are used include materials such as puzzles and picture books along with many other forms of communication aids. Communication aids are designed to enable the individual to overcome language as a barrier should they begin to lose the ability to communicate verbally. Picture books are great if verbal communication is lost and it’s too late to save it. Picture books allow individuals to engage their interests and avoid boredom and depression. Puzzles stimulate the minds of not just dementia patients, but all individuals and offer a challenge. In order to be able to complete a puzzle the individual has to think in order to work out a solution. Dementia products such as these, have been researched, tested and presented to experts within this field to assess suitability and effectiveness before being introduced to the individuals that are encountering the onset of dementia. Unfortunately as time progresses and rate of cases of dementia increase, according to the predictions of mental health professionals, the demand for dementia products will increase as a result. This means that much more dependence maybe placed on dementia products yet.
Jamie Long designs and tests new and innovative dementia products for http://www.active-minds.co.uk.