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7 New Year Resolutions to Help Reduce the Risk of Dementia
December 28, 2023

Dementia is a growing global concern, with its impact touching millions of lives. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 50 million people are currently living with dementia worldwide, and this number is projected to triple by 2050. With these staggering statistics in mind, it is imperative to take proactive steps to reduce the risk of dementia.

As we step into a new year, it’s the perfect time to consider resolutions that promote cognitive health and potentially reduce the chances of developing dementia. In this article, we’ll explore 7 New Year resolutions for just that purpose.

1. Stay physically active

Elderly man staying physcially activeRegular physical activity is not only beneficial for your physical health but can also have a significant impact on your cognitive well-being. Engaging in activities like walking, swimming, or even gardening can improve blood circulation, boost brain function, and reduce the risk of dementia.

 

2. Eat a brain-boosting diet

Brain boosting dietYour diet plays a pivotal role in reducing the risk of dementia. Incorporate a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. These foods are known to support brain health and reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

3. Stimulate your mind

Elderly women doing a crossword togetherKeep your brain active and engaged. Challenge yourself with puzzles, crosswords, reading, or learning new skills. By continuously stimulating your mind, you help build cognitive reserves that may protect against dementia.

 

4. Maintain social connections

Social interaction is crucial for brain health. Make an effort to connect with friends and loved ones regularly. Engaging in social activities and staying connected can reduce feelings of isolation and support your cognitive health.

5. Manage stress

Elderly doing yogaChronic stress has been linked to cognitive decline and dementia. Explore stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, or mindfulness to manage stress levels and promote a healthy mind.

6. Prioritise sleep

Elderly man sleepingA good night’s sleep is essential for memory consolidation and cognitive function. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night to support your brain’s health.

 

7. Stay heart-healthy

Maintaining a healthy heart can contribute to a healthy brain. Conditions like hypertension and diabetes are associated with a higher risk of dementia. Manage your heart health by eating a balanced diet, staying physically active, and attending regular check-ups with your healthcare provider.

Incorporate these resolutions to help reduce the risk of dementia

As we enter a new year, consider incorporating these resolutions into your life to help reduce your risk of dementia. By taking proactive steps to protect your cognitive health, you can contribute to a brighter, healthier future for yourself and those who care about you.

Statistics about dementia

Understanding the scope of dementia through statistics is crucial for raising awareness and promoting support for those impacted by this condition. Here are some key statistics related to dementia in the UK:

      • According to Alzheimer’s Society, approximately 900,000 people are living with dementia in the UK as of 2021.

      • It is estimated that by 2040, the number of people living with dementia in the UK will surpass 1.6 million, almost doubling the current figures.

      • Dementia diagnosis rates in the UK have been steadily increasing. In 2021, approximately 75% of people with dementia received a formal diagnosis, indicating progress in early detection and intervention.

      • Age is a significant risk factor for dementia. While dementia can affect people of all ages, the risk increases significantly with age. Approximately 1 in 14 people over the age of 65 in the UK have dementia.

      • Dementia doesn’t only affect the individuals diagnosed but also has a profound impact on their families and caregivers. The emotional, physical, and financial toll on families is significant, and support is crucial.

      • The UK is a global leader in dementia research. Investment in research, innovative treatments, and care services is ongoing to improve the lives of those affected by dementia.

    Organisations like Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK, and specialised care providers like Mumby’s play a vital role in addressing the challenges posed by dementia and working toward a brighter and more dementia-friendly future in the UK.

    Think about later-life care planning

    Elderly couple thinking about later life plansPlanning for your later years is a proactive step that not only ensures your physical and financial well-being but also alleviates the burden on your loved ones.

    Having a comprehensive later-life care plan can provide you with peace of mind, reduce stress, and support your cognitive health by minimising potential sources of anxiety.

    Mumby’s are dementia specialists

    Mumby’s, with its extensive experience in dementia care, offers specialised support to individuals and their families. Our care services are designed to provide compassionate and professional assistance to those living with dementia.

    Whether it’s help with daily tasks, guidance on creating a dementia-friendly environment, or support for the emotional challenges that dementia can bring, Mumby’s is here to lend a helping hand.

    Useful links

    The Healing Power of Touch and Laughter: The Smile File’s Impact on Human Well-being

    Dementia Effects and How They Impact Everyday Living

    Supporting someone with dementia

    Understanding risk factors for dementia and tips to reduce your risk

    Dementia care at home

    Elderly care tips for preventing cognitive decline