When most people think of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, they think of men and women over the age of 65. However, over 200,000 people in the United States have what is known as Early Onset Alzheimer's, a form of dementia that can affect adults as young as 30 years old.
For people with mild to moderate dementia, intentional regular cognitive stimulation is proven to slow the rate of cognitive decline. According to “Cognitive Stimulation to Improve Cognitive Functioning in People with Dementia” a study in the Cochrane Systematic Review published in 2012, those who participated in two 45 minute sessions a week showed improved communication and perception of their quality of life after 3 months. If you are caring for a loved one in the early stages of dementia, consider incorporating these activities into their routines.
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