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.
Florian P Thomas, MD, MA, PhD
Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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