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Fight dementia, care your brain

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Fight dementia, care your brain

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Barbadians were today urged to create a “brain-healthy lifestyle” in the face of concerns about Alzheimer’s disease.

The suggestion came from president of the Barbados Alzheimer’s Association Pamelia Brereton during the opening session of a seminar on Alzheimer’s disease, with an emphasis on dementia.

Brereton said the brain healthy lifestyle was one of the ways to reduce the risk of dementia.

“Being brain healthy is extremely important once you reach middle age,” she told the gathering.

“This is when changes start to occur in the brain.”

To maximise brain health, she suggested people look after their heart, become physically active, mentally challenge their brain in every possible way, follow a healthy diet and enjoy social activity.

Among those present were Director of the National Assistance Board Charyn Wilson, Chief Public Health Nurse Anne Murrell, Deputy chairman of the National Assistance Board Reverend David Durant and Dame Maizie Barker-Welch, chairperson of the National Committee on Ageing. (TY)