Did you know that there are over 850,000 people in the UK living with the diagnosis of dementia. A lot of people with this diagnosis are able to carry on a full life in their own homes with only the help of friends and family but for those who do need extra help it is good to know there are places that provide dedicated dementia care facilities and homes.
It is beneficial for all to know the ways to reduce the risks of dementia so that we can all be accountable for our health, obviously if you have dementia in your family you need to take action to try and fight back as soon as possible.
Manage your stress levels, this is not always easy but regular meditation and relaxation will help. Eat healthily – a lot of common health problems can be managed by watching what you eat and making an effort with your lifestyle, this leads on to exercise, be active and do it regularly. Be social, keep your brain ticking over and active with puzzles – there are a multitude of online ‘brain games’ out there aimed at helping to keep the brain active. Know the signs, watch out for something that may be a little more regular than just simple forgetfulness, remember and check it out asap – better be safe than sorry!
Barchester have created this infographic to show how much it really is the little things that matter when you get older, with more than 61% thinking age is just a number and shockingly more than half of the older people surveyed said that the TV is their main form of company. Since keeping the brain active and social interaction can reduce the risks of dementia it is important to know how we can help our older generations.
As well as physical exercise helping to reduce the effects of early dementia, regular use of a sauna could delay symptoms! A study found that men who used a sauna between four and seven times a week were around 66% less likely to develop dementia! The study found that regular sauna bathing also led to a significant reduction in the risk of sudden cardiac death, along with death due to coronary artery disease and any other cardiac events. It also leads to lower overall mortality.
Remember that if things become too much there are always people there to help, from doctors and physicians to respite and care homes. You are never alone and no one should feel that they have no on to turn to.
This post is in collaboration with Barchester