Australians are being encouraged to make sure their brain matters during Dementia Awareness Week, September 16–22, by making changes to lead a ‘brain healthy’ lifestyle.
John Watkins, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, said while there is, as yet, no cure, scientific research shows it may be possible to reduce your risk of developing dementia, or delay the onset, by taking action in your 30s, 40s and 50s.
‘Already there are an estimated 109,000 people living with dementia in NSW,’ Mr Watkins said.
‘As our population ages that number is set to skyrocket to 132,000 in less than ten years. But it’s never too late to take time out to look after your brain health.
‘It can be as simple as going for a walk, eating more fruit and vegetables or looking after your cholesterol and blood pressure. The time to act is now.”
Head to www.yourbrainmatters.org.au to find out more about how to lead a ‘brain healthy’ lifestyle.
In the Ballina and Lismore state electorates there are an estimated 2,300 people living with dementia. That is expected to soar to about 7,300 by 2050.
More than 320,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia and there is no cure.
The National Dementia Helpline is 1800 100 500. An interpreter service is available.