Australians are being encouraged to make sure their brain matters during Dementia Awareness Week, which this year is from 16-22 September, by making changes to lead a ‘brain healthy’ lifestyle.
Maree McCabe, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, said 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.
"Already there are an estimated 74,600 people living with dementia in Victoria," Ms McCabe said.
"As our population ages that number is set to skyrocket and almost double by 2030 to141,000. It’s never too late to incorporate brain healthy habits into your lifestyle.
"It can be as simple as going for a walk, eating more vegetables and fruit or looking after your cholesterol and blood pressure. The time to act is now.”
Head to www.yourbrainmatters.org.au to find out more about how to lead a 'brain healthy' lifestyle.
To coincide with Dementia Awareness Week, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic will host a multitude of events and activities across the state. To find out more, visit our Dementia Awareness Week page.
Dementia Awareness Week 2013 runs from Monday 16 September to Sunday 22 September. World Alzheimer’s Day is on Saturday 21 September.
Dementia Awareness Week 2013 is supported by financial assistance from the Australian Government.