Keeping physically active to reduce your risk of dementia

Keeping physically active to reduce your risk of dementia

Memory Walk and Jog is back and Dementia Australia SA (AASA) is encouraging YOU to look after your brain.

 

The largest dementia fundraising event in Australia is offering a 3km walk, a 6km walk or run and a 10km run!

 

AASA’s Chief Executive Officer, Kathryn Quintel, is focussed on prevention of dementia and taking care of your brains health.

 

“In 2017 there will be an estimated 34,916 South Australians living with a diagnosis of dementia and this number is expected to increase rapidly.”

 

“We know that regular physical activity is associated with better brain function and a reduced risk of cognitive decline, which is another reason we are excited to bring the Memory Walk & Jog back to Glenelg in March 2017[1]. Said Mrs Quintel.

 

According to Your Brain Matters, physical activity increases blood flow to the brain, stimulates the growth of brain cells and the connections between them, and is associated with larger brain volume[2].

 

Your Brain Matters is a program that guides you on how to look after your brain health, encouraging people to take part in 5 simple steps to keep your brain healthy and lowering your risk of dementia.

 

“On top of raising much needed funds and awareness for people living with dementia, Memory Walk and Jog promotes people to get involved and to take part in a healthy and active lifestyle.” Said Mrs Quintel.

 

Memory Walk and Jog is Dementia Australia SA’s flagship event and it increases AASA’s ability to provide people with dementia, their families and carers the vital support services and care.

 

Registering for the Memory Walk & Jog is easy and takes only a few minutes online. Please visit – http://memorywalkandjogsa.gofundraise.com.au/

 

For more information regarding this event please contact AASA on (08) 8372 2100 or email: sa.marketing@alzhimers.org.au

 

Get involved in the action, Sunday March 26 at Colley Reserve, Glenelg and join in the Race Against Dementia!

 

 

Dementia Australia is the peak body representing people with dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

Media resources and additional information:

 

Media Enquires:

Claire Morris I Events Administrator I Claire.Morris@dementia.org.au I 08 8372 251

Mason Krollig I Social Media and Digital Marketing Officer I Mason.Krollig@dementia.org.au I 08 8372 2149


[1] Your Brain Matters (2015), Step 2: Do Some Kind of Physical Activity, http://www.yourbrainmatters.org.au/5-simple-steps/step-2-do-some-kind-of-physical-activity

[2] Your Brain Matters (2015), Step 2: Do Some Kind of Physical Activity, http://www.yourbrainmatters.org.au/5-simple-steps/step-2-do-some-kind-of-physical-activity