Reading keeps your brain fit and helps fight off dementia and Home Instead can help

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Discussing the daily news to stimulate the mind

Reading keeps your brain fit and helps fight off dementia and Home Instead can help

An article in the Daily Express yesterday said that people who love books and puzzles and indulge regularly are helping protect themselves from dementia.

Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago found regular mental stimulation accounted for a significantly slower rate of memory loss compared with those who did not participate in such activities across their lifetime.

Dr. Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “There is increasing evidence suggesting that mental activity may help protect against cognitive decline”

More research and bigger studies are needed, but in the meantime reading more and doing crosswords can be enjoyable – and certainly won’t do you any harm.

The best way to reduce your risk of developing dementia is to eat a balanced diet, exercise ­regularly and maintain a healthy weight.

And that is where Home Instead Senior Care Durham can assist you, we already support some of our clients with meal preparation to ensure a balanced and nutritious diet. We accompany clients on walks and to keep fit activities to encourage a healthy weight and a more active lifestyle.

We also read to a client who now finds it too hard and frustrating that he can’t see the print, and most of our clients enjoy spending time with a CAREGiver doing a crossword or two with a cup of tea, a puzzle or help with emailing distant family. 

The full Daily Express article can be found here: http://www.express.co.uk/news/health/412308/Reading-keeps-your-brain-fit-and-helps-fight-off-dementia 

If you or a loved one think this is something that you or they could benefit from, or you would like to find out more about our bespoke and tailored at-home care services, then please contact us on 0191 374 4041 

Choosing a book to share
Choosing a book to share
Choosing a book to share

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