Ways to prevent and conquer dementia
by Antonella Cachia, Marketing Executive, 6PM Group
The term dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.
Can dementia be prevented?
There is no certain way to prevent all types of dementia. However, a healthy lifestyle can help lower your risk of developing dementia when you are older. It can also prevent cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and heart attacks. To reduce your risk of developing dementia and other serious health conditions, it's recommended that you:
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol.
- Stop smoking (if you smoke).
- Make sure to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.
However, these are just tips for prevention because after more than a century of research into dementia there is still a lot that we don’t know about the condition and how (or if) it can be cured.
Research can help conquer dementia
According to Alzheimer’s Society we know for a fact that dementia costs the UK £26.3bn a year and that there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and 44m people worldwide affected with this disease. If no action is taken, then these numbers are predicted to rise over two million by 2051. Each dementia patient costs on average £30,000 per year, yet only £90 per person is spent on research. With this in mind, we can all surely agree that greater investment in research is required to overcome dementia which has now become a global issue that must be tackled.
Dementia research is usually carried out, but not limited to the following areas:
- Gene therapy for dementia
- A dementia vaccine
- Stem cells and dementia
- Psychological interventions for dementia
Understanding and recording information on a patient’s condition has to date been done using patients notes, a task which is laborious and very time consuming. Not anymore with recent clinical solutions available in the market such as ConCERT-D. This tool has the ability to easily identify patients and carers that match a clinical trial’s participation criteria. A highly effective tool which can guarantee an increased participation in research.