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Physical health and wellbeing

Leading a healthier lifestyle can help you remain physically and mentally healthy. It can reduce your chances of developing diseases such as heart disease and cancer and it can help to maintain mood and wellbeing.

There are various things you can do to lead a healthier lifestyle. These include:

  • Eating healthily
  • Being physically active
  • Stopping smoking
  • Reducing your alcohol intake

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Being physically active

Being physically active can improve your wellbeing at all stages of dementia.

If you have a diagnosis of dementia (in the early-mid stage) find out more about the Physical Activity/Healthy Lifestyles on Referral Service. This is a 12 week programme of physical activity at various venues across Warwickshire. Ask your GP, practice nurse or health or social care professional to refer you to the service.

Find out more about being active in Warwickshire.

Stopping smoking

If you smoke, stopping smoking is the single most important thing that you can do to improve your health.

Stopping smoking is not always easy. Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service can offer you free, one-to-one support tailored to your needs, along with stop smoking medicines, which are available for the cost of a prescription. This service is also available online at warwickshire.gov.uk/quit4good.

You are four times more likely to quit smoking if you do it through these services rather than going it alone.

Reducing your alcohol intake

Having a drink in company can be a pleasant way to relax. However, you may wish to consider limiting your alcohol as this may cause you to become more confused. Also, it may not be safe for you to drink alcohol if you are taking certain medicines. Ask your GP for advice if you have any concerns. If you have dementia related to past alcohol use you should not drink alcohol.

In the UK, men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.

Find out more about reducing your alcohol intake.

Some tools to help you

Make small changes to your lifestyle. Start with those that can be achieved easily and then build up slowly.

Try using a Physical Activity Planner which may help you plan activities into your week and can be used to record what you have done each week to help you to build up slowly. Record it on calendars and boards and tell others to help remind you.

Use a Goal Setting tool to set yourself realistic health and wellbeing goals that you can achieve.

“…dementia can suddenly feel a very big mountain that overwhelms everything, and I think things like the goal setting – it’s kind of put things back in perspective…you can still achieve things…that’s given me a whole new perspective.” Carer of a person with dementia

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