Dementia Awareness Week

This Dementia Awareness Week, 14-20 May, Alzheimer’s Society is asking everyone across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to unite against dementia.

Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer. But awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it alone.

Within many of our Better Centres staff have taken part in the Dementia Friends training and you may find there are specific activity sessions on for those with dementia. Speak to our Reception today!  

Dementia affects everyone in different ways, but you should seek medical advice if you notice that you or others, do the following:

 

  • Struggle to remember recent events, although you can easily recall things that happened in the past.
  • Find it hard to follow conversations or programmes on TV.
  • Forget the names of friends or everyday objects and cannot recall things you have heard, seen or read.
  • Notice that you repeat yourself or lose the thread of what you are saying.
  • Have problems thinking and reasoning.
  • Feel anxious, depressed or angry about your forgetfulness. 
  • Find that other people start to comment on your forgetfulness.
  • Feel confused even when in a familiar environment.

 

 

REDUCING THE RISK OF DEMENTIA

There are a number of things that you can do to reduce your risk of developing dementia:

 

Don’t smoke 

Smokers are twice as likely to develop vascular dementia as non smokers.

Eat lots of fruit and vegetables 

Whole grains, fish and unsaturated fat such as olive oil.

Cut down on dairy products and meat 

These should be limited as they are high in saturated fat.

Reduce salt intake 

Salt can increase blood pressure and increases the risk of developing dementia.

Alcohol in moderation 

Too much alcohol can cause alcohol related dementia.

Be a healthy weight 

Increased weight can lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

How can being active help?

Research has shown that an active and socially integrated lifestyle, combining physical, social and mental activity in later life protects against dementia and Alzheimer's disease. 

  • Aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more. 
  • Undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least 2 days of a week. 
  • Minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods. 
  • Older adults at risk of falls should incorporate physical activity to improve balance and co-ordination on at least two days a week. 

 

Why not get active at one of our gyms? We offer hundreds of other activities like a full range of mixed group fitness classes - from low to high impact, and for all levels and abilities - plus gyms, racquet sports, day spas, indoor and outdoor swimming and much more. Find your local Better leisure centre today.

FIND YOUR NEAREST CENTRE

 

Chief Medical Officer Recommendations for physical activity.

Individual physical and mental capabilities should be considered when interpreting the guidelines.

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