Evidence from various studies demonstrates that we can proactively reduce our risk of developing dementia by a third when making positive lifestyle changes.
Keeping mentally and physically active as well as maintaining a healthy diet are easy actions we can all take.
Whilst dementia is a very serious subject, there are many fun tweaks that can be incorporated into everyday early life to help reduce the risk of developing the disease in the future. These tweaks should be incorporated in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle and include weekly dancing, daily laughing, socialising, brain workouts, learning a musical instrument and getting 6-8 hours of quality sleep every night.
The feature focuses on dance helping to reduce the risk.
Exercise provides good blood flow to the brain and is also thought to encourage brain cell growth and survival, so essential in helping protect against developing dementiaDr Joanne Rodda, Consultant Psychiatrist at Re:Cognition Health
Learning and remembering new steps activates many neural pathways in the brain, keeping it strong, active and healthy. Whether choosing ballet, tap, flamenco, country, ballroom, latin or jazz, Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO and Medical Director at Re:Cognition Health advises individuals to choose a dance class they enjoy and one which is within physical capabilities. “All dance that involves remembering steps and raising the heart rate is recommended,” she comments.
Exercise is very important in maintaining a healthy brain and body. Dr Rodda advises vigorous exercise three times a week for 20 minutes (very easy to fit into a weekly routine) or moderate exercise five times a week for 40 minutes to help reduce the risk of dementia in the long term. Switch one or two of your weekly workouts to dancing for optimal cognitive benefits!
To read the full article in the Express visit: https://bit.ly/2LAK2cK
If you have concerns about your memory and would like to make an appointment with one of our consultants, please call 0203 355 3536