People of all ages are advised to “take good care” of their brains to reduce their risk of dementia.
New app for checking brain health in the UK.
A new application prepared as a result of research by the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (Alzheimer Research UK) in England offers many suggestions on mental clarity, mobility, and social relations.
For example, as a way of not detaching from social relations, it is among the suggestions to have ear examinations regularly in the 40s and 50s and to prevent hearing problems in a timely manner.
But most cases of dementia cannot be prevented by such means.
In this regard, early diagnosis and advanced treatments are still vital.
The study identified 12 risk factors associated with dementia.
If necessary changes are made in these, the progress of memory loss, confusion and communication problems can be stopped in 4 out of 10 people.
Based on these risk factors, smoking cessation, reducing the amount of alcohol, regular exercise and activities to keep the brain alive are recommended.
Most importantly, experts say it’s never too early or too late to do them.
Based on the latest research, the brain health test can be done by anyone who wants to reduce their chances of personal dementia.
But experts specifically target the 40-50 age group because they think this is an important window of opportunity in terms of protecting brain health.
The foundation’s chief physician, Professor Jonathan Schott, says the app will “provide practical and easy ways for people to take action on dementia and reduce risks.”
In contrast, Professor Schott notes that only one-third of people know that it is possible to reduce the risk of dementia, and that this needs to change.
Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia in the sense of reduced brain function, affecting the health of around 1 million people in the UK and 55 million people worldwide.
These numbers are expected to increase rapidly in the coming years, as more and more people live longer and therefore the number of people in the risk group increases.
Sarah Bauermeister, a dementia specialist from the Dementia Platforms in the UK, reminds that many studies have concluded that there is a relationship between hearing problems and the risk of dementia:
“It’s not clear why exactly this is, but it’s likely that they can’t focus on using their other senses as they struggle to understand speech, and their world is getting smaller.”
For this reason, he says it would be beneficial to have the ears checked frequently and to use hearing aids when necessary.
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personal risk of dementia is linked to a combination of age, genes, and lifestyle.
Most of these are not replaceable, so there is no guaranteed way to prevent up to 60 percent of dementia cases.
A lecturer on dementia at Queen Mary University in London, Dr. “It’s very important not to blame people for having dementia,” says Charles Marshall.
Some segments, such as those who grew up and live in a poorer environment, and those who have less access to education, are at higher risk of dementia.
But Dr. Charles Marshall says that the health check application prepared by the NHS for the population between the ages of 40 and 74 can be used to control brain health, and both the first signs of dementia can be detected and recommendations can be given.
Currently, the diagnosis of dementia takes an average of three years, and little treatment is offered.
Dr. “We need to develop a diagnostic process for dementia, like cancer. This requires a restructuring of healthcare,” says Marshall.
“Now we need to be ready to apply new treatment modalities as they are developed,” he adds.
It has recently emerged that a drug called lecanemab shows promise in slowing regressions in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
“Given that 40 percent of dementia cases have the potential to be prevented, there is also a huge opportunity to reduce the impact of this heartbreaking health issue on individuals and society,” says Hilary Evans, director of the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.
” It ‘s time to raise national awareness about Brain Health and how taking good care of our brains can reduce the risk of Dementia .”