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Hannah Davies's look at it my way column: On caring for a loved-one with dementia

By HannahDavies  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

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Dementia is considered quite a new condition and relativelylittle is known about it. The researchers are squirreling away in laboratoriestrying to find causes and cures and are looking for funding to make the nextbig advance. Meanwhile the media is awash with suggestions for foods to try orpossible lifestyle changes which are yet unproven.

In my mind is the question: Do I take the genetic test tofind out if I'm one of the 1% with the inherited Alzheimer's gene?

Before I decide about the test I'm going to ensure I'mfollowing the sensible advice. Daily physical exercise to keep the bloodpumping to the brain seems like a sensible thing to do and has a whole range ofgeneral health benefits. Frequent mental stimulation such as crosswords, numberpuzzles, learning a new skill also seems a useful way to exercise the brain andto maintain the neural networks.

There is a school of thought that some Indian communitieshave lower incidences of dementia possibly due to their diet being rich in turmeric.I love full-flavoured food so a diet rich in spices is no hardship. Thenthere's the usual plethora of advice for eating fruit and vegetables andavoiding high cholesterol foods.

So until the scientists can prove their creative solutionsto this disease I'll be eating spiced fresh food, keeping fit and learning newthings. It's not unpleasant to live like this but I'm willing the advance inscience will come sooner rather than later. 

If you wouldlike to share your experiences of caring email: Write-to-Hannah@hotmail.co.uk

For furtherinformation about the services and support available from the Alzheimer'sSociety visit  www.alzheimers.org.uk or call 0300 2221122 

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