Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can feel like the rug was pulled out from underneath your feet. Of course, most people, before they are officially diagnosed, have certain concerns about their mental state of mind. They may begin to experience the earliest signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and whether or not they connect the dots before they get to their doctor for proper diagnosis doesn’t really matter.
When a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia they will face various stages of the disease. They will deal with more significant memory loss as the years progress.
As March is National Craft Month, staying mentally stimulated through artistic endeavors, reading, playing strategic thinking games, and more can actually have benefits that pay dividends in the years ahead.
It requires focus.
When somebody begins a new artistic endeavor or other craft activity, they have to concentrate. That requires focus. When a person is focused on some specific task, all of their mental faculty is dedicated to that job. That means their brain is staying energized and activated.
They will be learning something new.
Even for somebody who has been doing the same type of craft activity for most of their life, there are always going to be new opportunities to learn things. There may be new patterns, new techniques, or new designs they may wish to explore. Some people find various activities to be mindless and a way to relax and unwind.
By focusing on more intensive craft activities, a person with Alzheimer’s may gain benefits in not just enjoying each day, but what may happen in the future.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s.
Make no mistake, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease at the moment, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t promising studies coming out of various research endeavors. Some scientists have determined that mental stimulation early on can actually help delay the onset of more significant aspects of memory loss for somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
Just because somebody has already been diagnosed with this disease doesn’t mean have to give up. While there is no cure, a person can take charge while they’re still lucid, stay mentally engaged and active, and may even help prolong a higher quality of life in the years ahead.
That can all start with simple crafts and other activities. This month, help a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s understand that they still have a lot of quality life to live.
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