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Helping Your Mind & Body Against Dementia

Following on from last week’s post on Living With Dementia, this week we are going to share some tips with you that are reputed to prevent or delay symptoms of dementia.

Your Physical Health

  • Take 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise at least three times a week.
  • Pay attention to extra opportunities for some exercise, such as taking a stairs instead of the lift.
  • A variety of exercise is good but the most important thing is that you enjoy it as that will make it easier to do it regularly. Walking, cycling, swimming, gardening and dancing are all excellent. Dancing is particularly good as you are using your brain to remember the steps plus you get to meet other people and can socialise while exercising.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Consuming oily fish regularly is particularly good for you.
  • Go to your doctor for regular health checks, particularly focusing on your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Cut down on salt, saturated fats and sugar.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Remember – it is never too late to give up smoking.

Your Brain

Exerting your brain will keep it active and stimulated, meaning that it is protecting itself from losing memories and becoming forgetful. Challenging it to figure out new things is particularly good. When you think about it, when we are young, we are constantly learning and being challenged making our memories sharp and focused.

  • Join a group such as a rambling group, book club or an Active Retired Group
  • Volunteer for a charity and get to meet other people.
  • Learn a language or how to play an instrument.
  • Join a writing group or start a creative writing class.
  • Take up a hobby such as painting, woodwork or craft work.
  • Join a group such as the Men’s Shed (for men) or the ICA (for women) for access to lots of courses and camaraderie.
  • Go to the theatre or the cinema with a friend on a regular basis.
  • Learn computing skills and perhaps start up a blog.
  • Play boardgames or cards with a club or with friends.
  • Travel to see new places, either with friends or as part of an organised trip.
  • Meet family or friends regularly or maintain telephone contact.
  • Read different styles of books, newspapers and magazines.

And remember, if you suspect you or a family member may be becoming forgetful, don’t put it on the long finger to get it checked. Visit a doctor and if you have any queries about home care in the future, do contact your nearest Comfort Keepers office.

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