As much as half of all dementia circumstances worldwide could possibly be prevented by addressing life-style danger components by way of the course of individuals’s lives, says Prof Sean Kennelly of Tallaght College Hospital, Dublin.
Simply what you are able to do on your mind well being might be outlined in a sequence of free on-line webinars, beginning on Monday, March fifteenth, the primary day of Mind Consciousness Week. Hosted by the Dementia Analysis Community Ireland (DRNI), which is a collaboration of clinicians and teachers, the weekly webinars will run till Might, masking subjects such because the influence of vitamin and train on the mind, wholesome habits for wholesome minds and rejuvenating your mind.
Analysis has proven that in adolescence, schooling and different social components assist to mitigate danger however in midlife, points resembling alcohol consumption, weight problems, hypertension and listening to loss, considerably enhance an individual’s chance of creating dementia. Whereas in later life, bodily inactivity, social isolation, melancholy and smoking are among the many greatest danger components.
Kennelly, a guide geriatrician and DRNI chairman, will speak on the first webinar in regards to the proof for prevention of dementia. He may also define the work of Eire’s first hospital-based mind well being clinic, which opened a 12 months in the past at Tallaght. Right here they see individuals with, say, gentle reminiscence impairment or indicators of early onset Alzheimer’s, to determine their danger issue profile, asking about sleep patterns, stress and anxiousness ranges, train and weight loss program.
“We develop what is named a PPP – private prevention plan – and that benchmarks you relative to your friends, displaying what you’re doing effectively and what you should do higher.”
Even because the director of medical trials on the reminiscence clinic in Tallaght, Kennelly believes they’ll in all probability by no means discover a drug as impactful as acceptable life-style interventions. It’s key, he provides, that such recommendation is given not solely to sufferers presenting with gentle reminiscence signs but additionally usually promoted, simply as is finished for, say, cardiovascular well being.
Extra info and registration for the webinars on dementianetwork.ie