Dementia Australia is holding a free ‘Your Brain Matters’ information session for residents living in Leongatha to learn about how to keep your brain healthy and help reduce the risk of dementia in later life.
Your Brain Matters is a program developed by Dementia Australia based on published research evidence, designed to help participants maintain overall wellbeing and live a brain healthy life, and potentially delay the onset of dementia.
The course provides participants with an opportunity to meet with others, allowing time to socialise and share important links to local support services that can improve well-being.
There is an estimated 112,000 people currently living with dementia in Victoria. Without a medical breakthrough this number is expected to reach more than 300,000 by 2058.
The five steps to maximise your brain health include:
Step 1: Look after your heart. What’s good for your heart is good for your brain. The risk of developing dementia appears to increase as a result of conditions that affect the heart.
Step 2: Do some kind of physical activity. Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain, stimulates the growth of brain cells and the connection between them.
Step 3: Mentally challenge your brain. Challenging the brain with new activities helps to build new brain cells and strengthen connections between them.