World Alzheimer’s Day: Ways to Improve Your Brain Health

The theme for this year’s World Alzheimer’s Month is ‘Let’s talk about dementia’, which aims to encourage more people to join the conversation and break down the stereotypes surrounding Dementia.

The campaign is part of a global initiative led by Alzheimer’s Disease International, with 21st September marking the official World Alzheimer’s Day.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain. There are over two hundred subtypes of dementia, but the most common ones are: Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, Vascular dementia, and mixed dementia.

Although ageing is the biggest risk factor for dementia, there is evidence that suggests there are a few things you can do to help reduce the risk to yourself and your loved ones.

 

Below are some important steps towards helping to improve your brain health:

 

1. Eating a well-balanced diet

Following and maintaining a well-balanced diet has been proven to decrease the risk of dementia, as well as other conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, stroke and heart disease. The NHS Eatwell Guide is useful tool which illustrates how much of what we eat should consist of each food group in order to stay fit and healthy.

 

2. Reducing your alcohol consumption

Smoking and drinking too much can increase your risk of developing dementia. Discussions with your GP or pharmacy regarding the different ways to stop smoking, as well as utilising the NHS Smoke free support services, which includes a useful app, helpline and local support services is a great starting point.

Setting yourself limits and keeping track of how much you’re drinking or choosing low-alcohol or alcohol-free drinks is also helpful in reducing your alcohol consumption.

 

3. Staying Fit

We all know that exercise is good for us, but some people think that with each passing year they should try to do less and take it easy. Health experts advise that regular exercise for the elderly offers great benefits, including extending lifespan.

Exercising regularly is proven to be one of the best ways to reduce your risk of dementia. We encourage our residents to be active wherever possible.

Residents at Churchfields enjoy seated exercises, along with weekly keep fit sessions where they move along to the music and get their feet tapping to their favourite songs. Increased fitness, strength, confidence, coordination and mood are just some of the positive affects experienced by our residents.

 

4. Exercising the brain

 Exercising your mind and keeping it active has been shown to reduce your risk of developing dementia. Consistently challenging yourself mentally helps build the brain’s ability to cope with the disease.

When people keep their minds active, their thinking skills are less likely to decline, medical research shows. Our residents regularly take part in puzzles, jigsaws, crosswords, quizzes and other types of brain training, which may help slow memory loss and other mental problems.

 

Join the conversation and show your support by using the hashtag #WorldAlzheimersMonth

 

 

If you’d like to hear more about our Cassington-based home, our team would love to speak to you. To contact us, call 01865 881440, and keep up to date with the latest news on our Facebook page.

 

Help includes:

 

Dementia UK – https://www.dementiauk.org/sources-of-support-for-families/

Alzheimer’s Society – https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20046/help_with_dementia_care/79/carers_looking_after_yourself/4  or call the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

Age UK – https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/care/helping-a-loved-one/caring-dementia/

Dementia Care – http://www.dementiacare.org.uk/services/need-some-advice/carers-support/

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