7 September 2018
Ageing Well – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes
A colleague and I attended an Ageing Well Seminar this week run by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). NeuRA is an independent medical research institute based in Sydney.
There were four presenters who all spoke about various subjects concerning ageing, and NeuRA’s continued research. Some very interesting points were raised, including:
• As we all live longer (at 2015 – Men 80.4 and Women 84.5) remaining as healthy as we can is essential. Cognitive decline is irreversible and progressive but is not an inevitable part of ageing. NeuRA have what they call the ABCD’s regarding remaining as healthy as possible:
o A – reduce ALCOHOL (x 2 per day @ 10gms only), high alcohol intake is known to increase dementia. Increase ACTIVITY, especially our balance and brain functions, use our muscles and our sensory faculties.
o B – BLOOD PRESSURE, regular checks required to ensure it is within a healthy range. BODY WEIGHT, keep a healthy weight, not over or under weight – both cause issues. Include berries, fish and nuts in your daily diet.
o C – CHOLESTEROL, as with blood pressure, undergo regular checks and eat a healthy diet.
o D – DIABETES, keep well monitored and follow medical direction. DEPRESSION, be aware of your friends/family and community, stay involved, join a support group.
o S – SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT, stay socially connected, interact and socialise with your peers, your carers and your community.
Interchange Australia can support you with many aspects of healthy ageing. We have services to Increase activity both physically and mentally. We can support you to maintain a healthy diet with assisted shopping and meal preparation. We also have groups and 1:1 services to ensure you remain socially active.
To learn more about how we can assist, please call one of our friendly and experienced consultants on 1300 112 334.