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Prioritise your brain health with the help of Alzheimer’s Research UK

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Prioritise your brain health with the help of Alzheimer’s Research UK

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are currently 900,000 people living with Dementia in the UK. This is projected to rise to 1,600,000 by 2040, so it’s more important than ever to prioritise your brain’s health. And, yes! There are things you can do to help prevent Dementia…

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s ‘Think Brain Health Check-In’ campaign aims to encourage healthy habits to support the most complex organ in the body, and in fact the most complicated thing to exist in the universe. It isn’t widely known that brain health is something you can support with diet, exercise, and lifestyle, just like other areas of physical health, including heart, lung, liver, and muscle health.

There are three key things you can focus on to help your brain health:

1. Take care of your heart – anything that keeps your heart healthy will also help to keep your brain healthy, for example staying active and eating healthy.

2. Staying sharp – looking after your mental health, reading, engaging your brain in activities and in particular, challenging your brain during mid-life, will support brain health.

3. Keeping connected – encouraging human connections with the people around you and even finding new relationships to cultivate will help to stave off your dementia risk. Isolation has been linked to an increased risk of dementia.

Check out Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Brain Health Check-In quiz to see how you’re doing and what areas you could improve in!

If you or a loved one are already suffering from the effects of dementia, Alzheimer’s Research UK also has lots of support and advice on the different stages and family support, plus you can talk to the Paterson Health & Social Care team if you feel that care would be needed.