Official figures released in July showed that dementia caused more deaths in females than Covid-19 in 2020. With an ageing population, research into the disease is paramount and we must act now to reduce the fatalities of this health pandemic.
Dr Emer MacSweeney was featured in the Daily Express, talking about the importance of socialising in helping to reduce the risk of dementia. With the Covid-19 pandemic limiting the amount of socialising, this may have exacerbated the condition for many people living with dementia and those with mild symptoms at the beginning of the pandemic are likely to have suffered more.
Many studies have shown the importance of socialising, suggesting that the using the brain for memory and language during socialising can help build a cognitive reserve. Socialising also has additional benefits such as decreasing anxiety and low mood. Dr MacSweeney explains that social behaviour is healthy behaviour and she encourages an active social life to promote cognitive health. Whether volunteering, meeting friends and family, going to the cinema or a museum, there are countless ways we can socially prosper.
At Re:Cognition Health we believe prevention is better than cure and encourage people to employ healthy lifestyle changes at the earliest opportunities to reduce the risk of dementia. Diet, exercise, socialising, health checks and cognitive training are all positive steps we can take at every age.
Additionally, an early and accurate diagnosis for the cause of memory loss and cognitive decline is paramount for ensuring the best possible care and the opportunity to access new-generation medications through clinical trials. For further information on the opportunities currently available through clinical trials contact our team 0800 802 1030.
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