With over 350,000 Australians living with dementia, the number is expected to rise to almost close to 1 million by 2050.
Dementia is a broad term for collection of symptoms associated with the brain. These impairments include loss of memory, thinking, behavioural and the ability to perform every day tasks. It is associated with loss of brain cells in particular areas of the brain as well as the decrease in the overall size of the brain. Dementia is now one of the nine National Health Priority Areas (NHPA) created by the Australian Department of Health, with dementia the leading cause of disability in people over the age of 65.
At this point in time, there is no cure for the disease, however there are ways that you can help prevent dementia. Numerous studies show that living a healthy lifestyle with a balance diet and regular exercise can prevent shrinkage and atrophy of the brain cells. Exercise promotes blood flow to the brain, allowing for the creation of new cells and new connections to the brain. With Dementia rates increasing rapidly worldwide, the Alzheimers Association in the USA have 10 suggestions for prevention:
- Exercise your body
- Exercise your brain by taking a class
- Don't smoke
- Get your blood pressure and diabetes under control
- Eat a healthful diet
- Sleep well. Treat insomnia and sleep apnea
- Get help for depression and anxiety
- Be socially active
- Challenge your mind with games, art and hobbies
- Protect your head. Wear a seat belt, use a helmet when riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls
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