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Dementia is a health condition that affects the brain. It can make it hard for people to remember things, think clearly, and do their regular routine. Clinicas Internal Medicine Provider, Dr. Kolangara MD, helps you get a better idea of what Dementia is and looks like. Get to know more about Dementia so you can notice when it might be happening. You can also take the right steps when taking care of people who have it.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is brain disorder that effects the way you think and communicate. It can make it hard for people to remember their favorite memories or even their own names. Sometimes, people with Dementia might have trouble figuring out how to do simple tasks. This includes things like getting dressed or cooking. Dementia can be tough to navigate. It’s important we stay ahead of it by staying informed. Dr. Kolangara explains that Dementia is something we should pay close attention to because as people get older, there will be more cases in the future. It's crucial for families to notice the signs early so they can help their loved ones sooner.

Who does it affect?

Dementia doesn't play favorites. It can affect people from all walks of life. However, some people might be at a higher risk. Dementia is more likely to develop in older adults because age plays a big role in its development. Family history also matters; if a family member has had Dementia, the chances might be a bit higher. Certain health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease can increase the risk, but managing these conditions can help lower it. Lifestyle choices matter too – not being active, eating unhealthy foods, smoking, or not keeping the brain engaged can raise the risk. Remember, while these factors can increase the chances of Dementia, they don't guarantee it. Taking care of both brain and overall health can make a big difference.


Dementia can show up in different ways. Make sure you know the signs. Dr. Kolangara explains that there are common symptoms of Dementia he has seen in patients. This includes signs like trouble remembering things or focusing, acting differently, and seeing things that are not there. It can also involve problems with moving around, changes in personality, and finding it hard to do regular things.

Caring for People with Dementia.

If you're taking care of someone with Dementia, Dr. Kolangara suggests to make sure you don’t get burnt out. It can be challenging taking care of loved ones with Dementia. “Often times I tell patients that Dementia is irreversible and the best thing to do is to plan ahead of time.” Here are a few tips to help you:

  • Be Patient: People with Dementia might take longer to do things or repeat themselves. Stay calm and give them time.
  • Keep Things Simple: Use clear and simple words
  • Create a Safe Space: Remove things that might be dangerous, like sharp objects or chemicals.
  • Stay Connected: Spend time together doing things they enjoy, like listening to their favorite music.
  • Prevention.

    Even though there's no guaranteed way to stop Dementia, there are some things you can do to help your brain stay healthy. Being physically active has been known to benefit your brain. Eating a nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is known to improve brain function. Keeping your mind active. Challenging your brain with puzzles, books, or new hobbies can help keep it strong. Lastly, getting enough sleep helps your brain stay sharp.

    Dementia is a tricky issue. It doesn't only affect the ones who have it but also the people around them. If you know more about it, you can be better prepared to take the right actions. Dr. Kolangara is here to help Clinicas patients. Part of his role is to watch out for signs of Dementia in patients and connect their families with experts and resources in the community.

    Visit Clinicas

    Clinicas offers vital support in your health journey. Our Internist at our Fillmore health center can help you address concerns like Dementia. Regular visits ensure healthier lives. At Clinicas, we can help you and your family establish great health routines. You can read more about our Fillmore health center online.