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Lifestyle tips to avoid dementia

6月 1, 2022

 

The Well-Being of the Singapore Elderly (WiSE) conducted in 2013 showed 10 percent of dementia patients are those aged 60 years and above. Alzheimer disease (AD) is the commonest form of dementia, followed by vascular dementia and there is no cure for dementia. However, there are certain things that we can do to mitigate the risk of getting dementia.

 

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Lifestyle modifications include eating healthily, not smoking and increasing physical activity have shown to reduce risk of dementia. Regular physical activity is a key factor for brain health. Being overweight or obese has proven increase risk of hypertension and diabetes mellitus, which are linked to higher risk of dementia. Hence maintaining a healthy weight, good control of blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol level are essential.

 

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Excessive alcohol intake also increases risk of stroke, heart disease and detrimental to central nervous system. Hence, we should limit ourselves to no more than 2 standard drinks a day for men, and no more than 1 standard drink a day for women. 1 standard drink equal to one can (330ml) of regular beer, half a glass (175ml) of wine and one shot (35ml) of hard liquor.
Stay mentally alert by learning new hobbies, reading or solving crossword puzzles and socially active can lower risk of getting dementia. These activities stimulate brain and make us happier and can help to keep us away from dementia.

Caring for dementia family member can be very challenging. So, show your love to your loved ones by looking after yourself starting from today. If you are looking for doctors or female doctors in Singapore, we have clinics near you that you can visit:

GP Clinic Orchard

Address: 541 Orchard Road #10-02, Liat Towers Singapore 238881

Contact number: +65 9728 7793
Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm.
Sun/Public holiday: Close

Woodleigh Clinic

Address:105A Bidadari Park Drive #01-09 Singapore 341105

Contact number: +65 8616 6166
Opening Hours:

Monday and Wednesday: 8.30am-4pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8.30am-2pm
Saturday: 8.30am-1pm
Sun/Public holiday: Close

 

Bukit Panjang Clinic

Address: 524A, Greenridge Shopping Centre, #02-01, Jelapang Road, Singapore 671524

Contact number: +65 8799 8936
Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday:  8am to 4pm, 6pm to 9pm
Friday:  8am to 4pm
Saturday:  8.30am to 1 pm
Sun/Public holiday:  Close

 

Reference(s):
Geriatric Care- An Update. Vol 45(3) April-June 2019
Behnam Sabayan and Farzaneh Sorond. Reducing Risk of Dementia in Older Age. JAMA 2017;317(19)
Can Dementia Be Prevented. www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/dementia-prevention/

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