Unfortunately, vascular dementia gets progressively worse over time. The speed in which this happens can be different in every individual, depending on other existing medical conditions, lifestyle and care available. Often, people will refer to the seven stages of vascular dementia. This describes the journey of decline from normal behaviour, forgetfulness and mild decline, through to a more sever decline in cognitive abilities.
Though there is no way or repairing damage caused by lost brain cell, if diagnosed early enough, it is possible to slow down the speed of the progression of vascular dementia. Treatment usually includes the two approaches relating to the management of the vascular dementia progression, and the prevention of future decline. This can include medication-based treatment for any medical conditions you might have, as well as treatment that is based more on your lifestyle and day to day activities.
Changes to your behaviour such as eating a more balanced diet, regularly exercising and cutting down on alcohol can all have a positive effect on slowing down the progression of vascular dementia.
At Audley, we offer a number of at home services to help make life easier for you, including medication assistance, meal preparation, help with getting up and going to bed, as well as general assistance with tasks you might be struggling with.