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News - 13th January 2021

Find out how you can improve your brain health

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How do you think your brain health has fared over the last year?

 

Polling has shown more than one in 10 adults in the UK (14%) believe their brain health has declined since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Our brains are responsible for everything we think, feel, say and do, so looking after this incredible organ is a really important and a positive investment for your future health.

 

But in the middle of another lockdown, even thinking about adopting new habits can be hard. So, we’ve launched a new campaign called Think Brain Health to provide easy to digest information and tips to help empower you to keep your brain healthy and help reduce your risk of dementia.

 

As well as being influenced by our age and genetics, the 2020 Lancet Commission on dementia suggests that up to 40% of dementia cases could be linked to 12 risk factors that we may be able to influence, including high blood pressure, physical inactivity, smoking, low social contact and depression.

 

So, follow the three Think Brain Health rules and your brain will thank you for it in the years ahead!

  • Be heart healthy: Exercising regularly, eat a healthy diet and keep blood pressure, weight and cholesterol in check.
  • Stay sharp: Take part in activities that keep your brain active.
  • Keep connected: Stay socially active and connect with other people.

Go to thinkbrainhealth.org.uk to find out more. You can test your brain health knowledge with a quiz, as well as learning more through expert blogs and articles.

 

The campaign is backed by broadcast journalist Suzi Perry, who lost her grandmother Mary to Alzheimer’s disease – the most common cause of dementia. Suzi, who is known for her work on BT Sport’s Motorsport coverage and F1 coverage for the BBC, has voiced an animation introducing the campaign.

 

She said: “I was very close to my grandma: she was a huge part of my life growing up and in many ways, she was more like a friend than a grandma. She had a great wit, she wasn’t scared to speak her mind and she was always very encouraging to me.

 

“It was incredibly hard to watch her deteriorate as dementia took hold, and to see the impact it had for my mum, too. I felt angry at the disease for robbing us of the person we loved.

 

“That experience of dementia gave me an awareness of what can happen to your brain and the importance of looking after it.

 

“I don’t think I know anyone whose life hasn’t been touched by dementia at some point, and we should absolutely be doing all we can to reduce people’s risk of developing the condition.

 

“It’s vital that we act now and educate people on what we can all do ourselves to help our brains, and this campaign is so important for spreading that message.”

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