Taking Action to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

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Coping with the death of a family member

Allow Yourself to Grieve

One of the most important things you can do when faced with the death of a loved one is to allow yourself to grieve. You may experience shock, anger, sadness, and can even feel lost or helpless. This is normal, but it is necessary to express these feelings because keeping them in will only lessen your ability to cope.

Talk to your family and friends about what you are feeling. It is likely that they are feeling the same emotions as you and talking about it will help you cope and find closure. Talking about your loved one after their death is also a great way to honor their memory and help you appreciate the moments you had with them. There are other ways to honor them as well, including donating to their favorite charities, planting a tree in their memory, or spending time with family to share stories and reminisce with photos of fun times. These kinds of activities, while they may seem difficult, will help you find closure and acceptance.

When you experience the death of a family member, you will be filled with many emotions and may also be required to do things like make funeral arrangements or work with their estate planners to carry out their final will. During this time, it is imperative that you take care of yourself and not neglect your needs – eat well, get plenty of rest, and try to continue doing the things that bring you joy. Whether this is exercise or spending time with friends, this will help you cope and keep a level head while dealing with other responsibilities.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Dementia is a disease that affects millions of people all over the world every year. However, there are actionable steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting dementia, and thus lead a longer, happier and healthier life. Below are 4 easy ways to reduce the risk of developing dementia.

Stay physically active

Remaining physically active is one of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of dementia. Simply going for a walk or taking part in some other form of light exercise every day will help to keep your heart healthy, your blood pressure regulated and your weight down. These are all key factors that contribute to a lower risk of dementia, and a healthier lifestyle.

Stay mentally active

Keeping physically fit is one thing, but you also need to stay mentally fit too. This can involve regularly doing things like crosswords and sudoku puzzles, but also learning new skills. Keep your brain young by learning a new language, or a new skill like cooking or sewing. Doing so can combat the effects of dementia, but also prevent it from developing in the first place too.

Keep up the social life

Simply keeping in touch with family and friends and making an effort to engage in social activities is another great way to combat dementia. Combining social relationships with things like exercise and mentally stimulating tasks is a great way to prevent dementia while also having fun. It could be as simple as going for a walk with a friend every few days, or joining a knitting club to stimulate your brain and engage in conversations.

Giving up bad habits

Habits like smoking and excessive alcohol intake put you at high risk of developing dementia. Thus, quitting smoking and reducing how much alcohol you drink will go a long way to reducing the risk of developing dementia. Cutting down on fatty foods, along with smoking and alcohol, is a good way to keep your heart healthy. In turn, this will keep your brain healthy too, reducing the risk of dementia later down the line. Instead of eating fatty foods, maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, and healthy meats and fish.

Doing these 4 things will help reduce your risk of developing dementia and allow you to lead an overall healthier life in the process.

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