As part of raising awareness of: the need for healthy lifestyles to help prevent dementia, our founder Emily is headed off to Bootcamp at the end of this week.
Is she ready? We’ll find out! Updates will be posted on the blog as Emily keeps a video diary of her stay at Team Bootcamp.
The average age that a person develops Alzheimer’s Disease (the most common form of dementia) is 65. The average age most people reach is 84 and if you’d like to live a long life, to maybe 90+ then developing dementia at 65 is not going to be welcome.
The key ingredient to living longer is to stay healthy.
Unhealthy lifestyles have been linked to developing dementia in many ways.
With the government recommending that we forget “5 a day” and switch it for “10 a day”, eating more fruits and veggies than we ever have before, we say: Hell yeah to health all round.
Prevention of Parkinsons’ disease is said to be aided by eating fresh, raw vegetables.
As well as healthy eating, exercise, sleep, good air, brain exercises (singing is good) to prevent dementia, it is also recommended that we read as much as we can, take time for relaxation and relieve that stress! Also advised is socialising often and learning a new skill.
(here’s some tips for helping those With dementia relax.)
We also want to add relaxation in the form of hand massage, (as touch is so important in dementia care).
Yoga is great exercise, another practice we hope to offer at the Dementia Cafe; this would de-stress those who may be anxious, (a common effect of dementia), incorporate meditation to soothe the mind and provide that much needed social interaction in a safe, purpose built environment that’s judgement free.
With all of this information in mind…we thought we’d try to eat even healthier (we’re already vegan) and get off the couch and into the great outdoors for even more exercise. So we’re packing Emily off to Bootcamp to show us whether exercise really can make a difference to our daily lives.
Stay tuned as our founder takes on the Bootcamp challenge and updates us with her video diary as she commits to a grueling seven day program with the experts at Team.
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