Brain health a no-brainer

Alzheimer’s Australia WA education officer Caroline Iannello with local resident Terry Thompson. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d408053
Alzheimer’s Australia WA education officer Caroline Iannello with local resident Terry Thompson. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d408053

There are 2060 dementia patients in Tangney and that is forecast to more than double to 4500 by the year 2050.

Alzheimer’s Australia WA (AAWA) sent its information van to Westfield Carousel as part of National Dementia Week last week to give shoppers a better understanding of the disease.

AAWA chief executive Rhonda Parker said it was critical that people found out what action they could take to better care for those with dementia and to improve their own brain health.

‘Studies show that many Australians fear being affected by dementia,’ Ms Parker said.

‘There are two important actions all West Australians should take in regard to dementia.

‘The first is to start a journey of understanding. Find out about the disease and learn the difference between forgetfulness and symptoms that should be checked by a medical practitioner.

‘The second action is to reduce your risk of dementia. While there is as yet no cure, scientific research shows it may be possible to reduce your risk of developing dementia, or delay the onset, by taking action in your 30s, 40s and 50s.

‘It’s never too late to look after your brain health.

‘It can be as simple as going for a walk, eating more fruit and vegetables or looking after your cholesterol and blood pressure. However, the time to act is now.’

The Memory Van visited several shopping precincts, including Northbridge, Morley Galleria, Garden City, Westfield Carousel, and Perth City Mall.

For more information on dementia care or brain health, visit www.fightdementia.org.au.