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Reducing your risk of developing dementia

There is now strong evidence that the risk of developing dementia can be reduced by adopting the same healthy lifestyle behaviours as those which reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers.

By keeping your body healthy – especially your heart – you can help to keep your brain healthy too.heart head

  • Drinking alcohol within the recommended guidelines of no more than 14 units a week for both men and women
  • Keeping cholesterol and blood pressure at a healthy level
  • Building wellbeing into your daily life and being socially and mentally active.

Other important facts are that:

  • It is never too late to reduce the risk of developing dementia
  • Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing
  • Dementia is only inherited in a small number of cases. This means that even if you have a family member with dementia, you may still be able to reduce your own risk of developing the condition through leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Healthy lifestyles can also help people to live well with dementia and delay progression of some dementias. Further details will be given in next week’s blog on the Fitter Futures – Physical activity on referral for people living with dementia

 

Please visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/dementia to find out more about you can reduce your risk of developing dementia

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Dementia Friends challenge for Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council and partners are encouraging Warwickshire residents and workers in Warwickshire to become a Dementia Friend during World Alzheimer’s Month (held in September annually).

In Warwickshire, according to latest estimates, there are 7,500 people living with dementia and this is likely to rise to over 11,000 people in the next ten years. The fact is that most of us will be affected in some way by dementia during our lifetimes.

As part of Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia Strategy, the Council and partners have set the ambitious target of encouraging 30,000 people to become Dementia Friends.

Thanks to the huge support of people living across Warwickshire we are almost half way to our ambitious target, but we still need 15,500 more people to pledge their support to people with dementia.

 

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Dementia Friends is a national initiative led by Alzheimer’s Society based on the principle that people with dementia can live well with a little help from other people. Becoming a Dementia Friend is about understanding a bit more about dementia and the things that can help people with the condition. You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a Dementia Friend.

Become a Dementia Friend in the following ways:

Watch a short video to become a Dementia Friend and receive an information book and badge through the post: dementiafriends.org.uk

Are you part of a community group, team or organisation? Contact Alzheimer’s Society to arrange a Dementia Friends Information Session for your group or team (sessions last one hour, all resources are provided and sessions are free of charge): aimee.packwood@alzheimers.org.uk

Go along to a Dementia Friends Information Session in your local area – find a local session that you can join on the website:  dementiafriends.org.uk

Employers are also encouraged to share this message with their employees as Alzheimer’s Society can help employers who are looking to have their workforce signed up as Dementia Friends. If you are an employer in Warwickshire or wish to request a Dementia Friends information Session for your group, please contact aimee.packwood@alzheimers.org.uk for further information.

For more information and support on living well with dementia and Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia Strategy, visit: warwickshire.gov.uk/dementia

 

Thank you for your support

Claire Taylor

Health Improvement Lead

Public Health

Warwickshire County Council

clairetaylor@warwickshire.gov.uk

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