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Dementia Due to HIV Infection (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

If you have AIDS dementia complex you should remain physically, mentally, and socially active as long as you are able.

  • Stay active. Daily physical exercise helps maximize body and mental functions and maintains a healthy weight. This can be as simple as a daily walk.

  • Engage in as much mental activity as you can handle. Keeping your mind working may help keep cognitive problems to a minimum. Puzzles, games, reading, and safe hobbies and crafts are good choices.

  • Don’t stop seeing your friends and relatives. Your social life is not only enjoyable but keeps your mind active and your emotions in balance.

A balanced and nutritious diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables helps maintain a healthy weight and prevent malnutrition and constipation. You should not smoke, both for health and safety reasons.

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