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Alzheimer’s disease

This is a form of dementia affecting the over-60s. There are more than 500,000 people affected in the UK.

The nerve cells in the brain are slowly destroyed resulting in memory loss and difficulty in completing simple tasks.

It progresses with time and is more likely to affect those with heart disease and poor circulation as well as those with a family history of Alzheimer’s.

It is less likely in those who keep their brains active and stimulated and in those with a high Omega 3 diet (fish). So, do lots of brainteasers, crosswords and Sudoku, and eat plenty of fish.

Prescription drugs can slow down the progress of the disease.

For more information visit the Alzheimer’s Society website. BUPA has also produced an excellent publication, Caring for someone with dementia full of useful and sensitive information.



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