Did you know that when it comes to looking after your brain health there’s more to consider than eating oily fish and doing Suduko every day (although they help)?
There are nearly 55,000 people in Ireland living with dementia and another 4,000 are diagnosed each year, which makes dementia Ireland’s hidden health crisis. By 2041, the number of people living with dementia in Ireland will have increased to over 132,000, which means it’s vitally important people start to look after their brain health right now.
You can’t cure Alzheimer’s, but by looking after your heart, body and brain you can reduce your risk of developing it and other dementias. So what can you? Tackle each area one by one and try to do one task daily from each list.
Challenge your brain to figure out new things and stimulate it by connecting with others socially:
- Take up a hobby such as painting, woodwork or craft work
- Read different styles of books, newspapers and magazines
- Learn a language, an instrument or to dance
- Go to the theatre, museum, the cinema or a concert with a friend
- Play cards or board games with a club or with friends
- Volunteer with a favourite charity or community group
- Keep in touch with family and friends
- Join a group like a walking club, book club or sporting club.
Looking after your body will help you to remain healthy, some things you can try include:
- 30 minutes moderate exercise, 3-5 times per week, consider walking, cycling, swimming or an exercise class
- Activities such gardening, washing the car or cleaning windows
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, 5 servings per day
- Include fish in your diet, particularly oily fish such as salmon, mackerel or sardines.
Protect yourself from things that can damage your heart:
- Have regular health checks to ensure your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars are at levels that are healthy for you.
Taken from The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, KBC’s charity partner. KBC is presenting partner of Wellfest 2018
For more information, visit alzheimer.ie or call 1800 341 341. Information includes research on brain health and other topics