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Advice on dementia prevention

How to prevent dementia

Prevention is the main weapon we can use in the fight against dementia and memory loss. From quitting smoking to regular exercise, there are plenty of steps you can take each day. Prevention is about assessing the risk factors and making positive changes to your lifestyle. MemoryClinix is here to help. We are the first memory clinic in the UK that is offering dementia prevention services.

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If you are worried about memory loss affecting yourself or a family member, a dementia assessment can provide comfort and peace of mind.

Call us on 0330 124 1970 to arrange a free, no-obligation, Mini-ACE cognitive test (worth £100).

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Who gets dementia?

Dementia is most common in those aged over 65. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, one in 14 people in this age group have dementia. While the chances of developing dementia rises significantly with age, memory loss and dementia can also affect younger people.

When someone you love develops dementia it is natural to wonder “why them?”. Unfortunately there is no cure for dementia yet, but it is well known that we can identify certain risk factors which we can modify in order to prevent dementia.

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What are the dementia risk factors?

According to the NHS, a risk factor increases the chances of developing a condition. While some dementia risk factors are impossible to change, others can be reduced by changes to your lifestyle.

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MemoryClinix - Older daughter supporting a grandparent
MemoryClinix - Woman holding hands with a family member with dementia
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A meta-analysis published by the British Medical Journal in 2020 illustrates strong evidence for risk factors such as:
  • reduced cognitive activity
  • low education level
  • untreated depression
  • stress
  • diabetes
  • having a head injury
  • high blood pressure in midlife
  • poor body mass index (BMI) management
  • orthostatic hypotension
Risk factors also shown to be important are:
  • lack of regular physical exercise
  • smoking
  • sleep disturbance
  • frailty
  • atrial fibrillation
  • stroke
  • atherosclerosis & high cholesterol in your blood
Other recent studies add to the list the following risk factors:
  • excessive alcohol consumption
  • hearing loss
  • social isolation
  • air pollution
The good news is that you can reduce your risk of dementia by:
  • eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • exercising regularly
  • keeping alcohol intake within recommended limits
  • stopping smoking.
  • maintaining a healthy blood pressure.
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    How can we help?

    If you are concerned that you are at risk of dementia, we can arrange an initial assessment with one of our qualified clinicians. This will cover your medical history and a lifestyle interview to assess your personal risk factors. Once we have this information, we can devise a personal care plan to modify your risk factors.

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    If you are worried about memory loss affecting yourself or a family member, a dementia assessment can provide comfort and peace of mind.

    Call us on 0330 124 1970 to arrange a free, no-obligation, Mini-ACE cognitive test (worth £100).

        Call now
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    How the MemoryClinix care plan works

    Producing a personal care plan involves a three-stage process:

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    STEP ONE: Initial assessment

    Includes medical and psychiatric history, mental state examination and cognitive and daily living activities (ADLs) testing. It might also be necessary to organise dementia blood tests and a CT head scan.

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    STEP TWO: Diagnosis and treatment consultation

    Following the results of the tests mentioned in step one, we will be able to put a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made we can formulate a personal care plan tailored to the patient’s needs.

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    STEP THREE: Post diagnosis support and follow-up

    We can advise on support services and treatments using trusted specialists registered on our HLP-U directory.

    What is dementia?

    50 million

    people worldwide have dementia

    42,000 people

    are living with young-onset dementia

    Alzheimer’s disease

    is the most common form of dementia

    Vascular dementia

    is the second most common type of dementia

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises dementia as a public health priority. Worldwide around 50 million people have dementia and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year (WHO Dementia Factsheet).

    Dementia has become a major health concern among the elderly, with prevalence rates estimated at 7.1% in those aged over 65, according to the British Journal of Psychiatry.

    Dementia is a group of related symptoms characterised by a progressive decline of brain function with age. It affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language, problem-solving, motivation, mood, sleep, personality and behaviour.

    There are different types of dementia and a correct diagnosis helps both families and professionals to provide the right care and support. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease which accounts for about 60-70% of the cases. Vascular dementia is the second most common type and is caused by a reduced blood flow to the brain. Sufferers with both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia have what is known as mixed dementia.

    The risk of dementia increases with age, but there are people who develop symptoms before the age of 65, which is known as young-onset dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 42,000 people in the UK living with young-onset dementia.

    About MemoryClinix

    We combine mental health expertise, recent medical research data and latest video conferencing technology to offer a comprehensive memory loss and dementia prevention support service.