Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
Signs & symptoms of Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of
dementia in people aged over 65. The second most
common form is Vascular Dementia. Dementia is a
broad term used to describe problems with memory and
Use your head and protect your brain
Head injury, particularly more severe injury (such
as that causing unconsciousness) has been shown to
be a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s
What is dementia?
explains dementia and Alzheimer's disease in simple language.
Alcohol related dementia is, as the
name suggests, a form of dementia related to the excessive
drinking of alcohol. This affects memory, learning and other
Mind your mind
A balanced diet will
promote brain health. The link between diet and brain health is becoming
increasingly recognised by health professionals. A good diet is also essential
for a healthy heart. While we have known for some time that too many saturated
fats and salt can cause heart disease, research now tells us that they can also
increase the risk of vascular dementia.
keeping your memory sharp
As yet, there is no
prevention or cure for dementia. However, here are a few tips for keeping your
brain fit and memory sharp. These 12 tips will help you remember things
What are the signs of dementia?
The early signs of
dementia are very subtle and vague and may not be immediately obvious. Early
symptoms also vary a great deal. Usually though, people first seem to notice
that there is a problem with memory, particularly in remembering recent events.
Warning signs of dementia
Alzheimer's Australia provides this
is a checklist of common symptoms of dementia. Go through the list of the
symptoms, if there are several that you say 'yes' to, a
doctor should be consulted for a complete examination of the
person with the symptoms.
Good habits for a healthy brain
associated with healthy lifestyle habits are well documented. Avoiding bad
habits will help reduce your risk of dementia in later years.
Exercise regularly -
your brain will love it! There is now emerging evidence that, in addition to
protecting us from heart disease, stroke and diabetes, regular exercise can
reduce the risk of dementia.
Flex your brain "muscle" - you need to look after
research shows people who take part in intellectually stimulating activities
such as reading, playing board games or musical instruments have a reduced risk