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Sheehan encourages people to look after their brain health

20 July, 2017 - by Pat Sheehan


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Health Pat Sheehan has welcomed the report into the study of reducing the risk of dementia presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London.

According to the study one in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life.

Pat Sheehan said:

“It is estimated there are 19,000 people in the north living with dementia and this figure is expected to increase here in the future. Dementia not only impacts the lives of those suffering from the disease but also their families and carers.”

“While we cannot remove the risk of getting Dementia altogether the report does identify nine lifestyle factors that can reduce the risk. For example, non-smoking, exercise, and healthy weight all reduce the risk of dementia in later years.

“It is important that we support our society to live healthier lives and promote wellbeing.” 

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