At INFRA Skills, we’re deeply committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle, especially in the infrastructure sector where safety is paramount. Today, we look at vascular dementia, a common form of dementia caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. This brief guide will help you understand and manage vascular dementia with relevant advice from the INFRA Skills Occupational Health team, providing practical advice on navigating this condition.
Understanding Vascular Dementia
Vascular dementia is closely linked to heart and circulatory diseases and strokes. It occurs when the blood vessels that supply the brain become narrowed or blocked, like during a heart attack. This reduced blood flow can harm brain cells, leading to symptoms of dementia.
Identifying Risk Factors of Vascular Dementia
Several factors can increase your chances of developing vascular dementia. These include ageing, being male, having a family history of heart disease or stroke, and belonging to South Asian, African, or Caribbean ethnic groups. Being aware of these risks and taking preventive measures is crucial.
Making Lifestyle Adjustments to Combat Vascular Dementia
While you can’t change risk factors like age and genetics, you can adopt healthier habits to reduce risk. This includes maintaining a healthy weight, following a balanced diet, staying active, avoiding smoking, and moderating alcohol consumption.
Strategies for Living with Vascular Dementia
Early detection and treatment are essential for managing vascular dementia. Regular check-ups can help spot potential issues. If diagnosed, simple strategies like keeping a diary or having a designated spot for essentials like keys can help maintain independence.
Seeking Support for Vascular Dementia
If you’re struggling with vascular dementia, seeking help is important. Consult your doctor or trusted health organisations like the British Heart Foundation for tailored advice. At INFRA Skills, our Occupational Health Nurses are ready to assist, offering guidance and resources to help you cope.
At INFRA Skills, we prioritise a safe and healthy work environment. By understanding issues like vascular dementia, recognising its risks, adopting healthier habits, and seeking support, we can create a safer and more supportive workplace.
How does managing vascular dementia align with INFRA Skills’ mission?
Vascular dementia is a widespread condition linked to heart and circulatory issues. By understanding and addressing it, we’re upholding our INFRA Skills commitment to promote a healthier lifestyle at home and in the workplace.
What are the main risk factors for vascular dementia?
Several factors can increase the risk of vascular dementia. The risk factors include ageing, being male, having a family history of heart disease or stroke, and belonging to South Asian, African, or Caribbean ethnic groups.
How can lifestyle changes reduce the risk of vascular dementia?
Healthy habits like regular exercise and a balanced diet can help lower the risk. These practices are central to our guidance.
What support do INFRA Skills provide for those with vascular dementia?
Our Occupational Health Nurses at INFRA Skills offer guidance and resources. Additionally, seeking advice from medical professionals or organisations like the British Heart Foundation can provide further support.