Dementia as you may know is a cruel disease where the brain is no longer functioning properly. This means if you have dementia or know someone who has dementia the chances are they will suffer short-term memory loss, poor judgment, difficulty performing simple tasks and will have to be reminded on a frequent basis where they are, who they are with, what day it is, etc. When a person develops these symptoms, it is often a sign that something has gone wrong inside the brain. A visit to the doctor for testing is a critical first step.
Now that you know a little about Dementia. Here is a fact. People with Dementia has increased by 143% since 2006 and Curtin University Professor Ralph Martins has told Gary Adshead from 6PR in WA, the number of people affected is predicted to rise to 900,000 by the year 2050.
But there is good news everyone! Alzheimer's and Dementia can help be prevented with healthy eating and regular exercise! In fact by following this 6 step healthy lifestyle, we can significantly prevent the risk from dementia ever occurring. After all, prevention is better than cure!
The six pillars of a brain-healthy, Alzheimer’s prevention lifestyle are:
- Regular exercise - Keep moving people! If you stop, the brain stops.
- Healthy diet - High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol are the two highest concerns. Keep checking your levels with your doctor or health professional if you have any concerns.
- Mental stimulation - Read books, newspapers anything that will stimulate your brain.
- Quality sleep - 7 to 8 hours of good sleep is perfect. Exercise has also been known to help relax you at night.
- Stress management - Try to find a balance between work, family and friends. A good idea is to prepare a time management sheet and set hours accordingly.
- An active social life - Team sports, spending time with friends, enjoying life helps ease stress and the happier you are, the less risk dementia will be.
The more you strengthen each of the six pillars in your daily life, the healthier and hardier your brain will be. When you lead a brain-healthy lifestyle, your brain will stay working stronger… longer. For more information, or if you know anyone who isn't currently exercising, please feel free contact us on 0416326288. Please note that some information was taken directly from the helpguide site.