Many people speculate whether Dementia can be prevented and the truth is we don’t know for sure yet, but it has been found that you can do certain things such as soak up the rays, socialise and learn new things to minimise the risk of Dementia.
The great thing is that you can start to do these things no matter how old you are, so it’s time to book that sunny holiday!
A recent article found that we will have a cure for Dementia within 10 years however you may be thinking about how you or a loved one can start to try and avoid this disease right away
Home Instead Sheffield provide family dementia workshops aimed at raising awareness of the disease, provide people of the community with a background into Dementia and how families can cope with caring for a loved one with dementia.
Research into how Dementia can be avoided is quite complex but can be affected by lifestyle, genetics, accidents or just bad luck. There is a rush to find a cure, but what can we do in the meantime?
Here are Home Instead’s top tips:
1) Improve your circulation – Improving your circulation will help your brain to function at its best, ensuring you; exercise, maintain blood pressure and weight, and only drink in moderation means you can keep your brain as healthy as your heart.
2) Stop smoking! - Even if you have waited until middle age to give up, the risk of dementia after 20 years of not smoking is the same as if you never smoked.
3) Treat your depression and blood pressure – People who are depressed seem to be more susceptible to dementia than others. If you are experiencing problems , get them seen to now and stick to your doctor’s orders.
4) Exercise – Exercise is like a magic sponge for health problems and there is a link between obesity and dementia so exercising as often as possible will reduce the chance of dementia, and will also make you feel better!
5) Soak up the rays! – Low vitamin D concentrations in the blood is associated with poor cognitive function and a greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin D can be gained from food but we can get more of it from exposure to sunlight.
6) More veg, less meat and dairy! – A diet with fresh fruit and veg is good for the heart and the brain. Reduced the amount of dairy and meat and replace these with dried fruit and unsalted nuts.
7) Drink Water – Dehydration can lead to decreased brain function so drink plenty of fluids!
8) Stimulate your mind – Education seems to help, it may not prevent dementia but it will certainly keep it at bay for longer. Bilingual people seem to get this effect as well, time to learn that new language?
8) Socialise with others – Socially isolated individuals are more likely to get dementia, socialising with others can reduce the symptoms of dementia and help them stay independednt. Home Instead have developed a What’s On Where Guide in order to provide socially isolated individuals with a list of easily accessible activities within the area in order to encourage individuals to get involved.
For more information about our WOW Guide or Family Dementia Workshops, do not hesitate to call us on 0114 250 7709 or email [email protected]
6 Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11 8YL.