None of us needs to be told that our brains matter, but all of us can be reminded how best to look after our brains and how to recognize symptoms of an aging brain at an early stage and Paddye Parnell from Dementia Australia did this extremely well last week.

 

While dementia is not inevitable, about 1 in 10 Australian’s aged between 70 and 74 have the disease and amongst older people, the rate is as high as 1 in 3. It is the second leading cause of death in Australia. There are estimated to be 425,000 people living with dementia in Australia at the moment and 1,250,000 people look after them. Many people are affected by this slow, progressive and fatal disease. So, how should we look after our brains to minimise our risk or delay the onset of dementia?

 

Step 1 is to look after your heart. Step 2 is to do some kind of physical activity. Step 3 is mentally to challenge your brain with new activities. Step 4 is to follow a healthy diet. Step 5 is to enjoy social activity. (We all know that coming to the Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise meetings is good for our brains, but thanks for the reminder Paddye!)

 

Please remember not to come on Tuesday morning after the Easter weekend. You can sleep in and look forward to our dinner at Moorish Blue later in the evening!