Dementia might seem like an issue that you don’t have to deal with right now.
It’s true that dementia tends to affect older people. This is because the risk of developing it increases with age, though you can get it at any time.
And there are things that you can do right now to lessen the chances of you and your family developing the condition.
Active (physically and socially).
Check your health regularly.
Try new things.
No to smoking.
Only drink alcohol within the recommended guidelines, if at all.
Watch your weight.
The ACT NOW campaign exists because following these six simple tips can reduce the chance of you or someone you know getting dementia by 60%.
What is dementia?
It’s the progressive loss of the powers of the brain. It is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. Things to look out for include:
- memory loss, such as remembering past events much more easily than recent ones
- problems thinking or reasoning, or finding it hard to follow conversations or TV programmes
- feeling anxious, depressed or angry about memory loss, or feeling confused, even when in a familiar environment
If you’re worried about someone you know who is becoming increasingly forgetful, especially if they’re over 65, you should talk to your doctor about the possibility of dementia. Other organisations that can help include:
- Alzheimer’s UK
- Age Cymru‘s Add To Your Life (ATYL) service
- Dementia UK
- Wales Dementia Helpline
- Young Dementia UK – they have a list of services in across Wales
For more information on services available to your family, contact your local Family Information Service. Otherwise you can contact us at FamilyPoint Cymru by phone – 0300 222 57 57, text – 07860 052 905 or instant message (see top of page). We are open Monday – Thursday 6pm – 10pm and Friday & Saturday 10am – 2pm.