To outward appearances Chris Graham is a fit and apparently healthy 39-year-old.
But the former soldier also has early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
He inherited an extremely rare form of the condition from his father who died when he was aged just 42.
His brother Tony, who is four years older, is also affected and now needs round-the-clock care – he is tube-fed and unable to speak.
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Some university students in the Netherlands are able to live rent free in a retirement home, and in exchange they spend at least 30 hours per week socializing with the elderly residents.
This is a unique idea that could benefit someone with dementia, and it would be a great fit for a student studying Occupational Therapy!
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March is Nutrition Month. Most of us are aware of the benefits of healthy eating as an important part of living a healthy life! But consider this: not only is eating smart good for the body, it is also good for the mind. Check out the latest updates from the Alzheimer Society of Canada regarding brain health:
There is growing interest in the effect of diet on mental function and while research is ongoing, it is never too late to try and improve our eating habits. It is also worth considering that, while the causes of dementia are not yet understood, a particular type of dementia, vascular dementia, is associated with strokes. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or have risk factors for heart or blood vessel disease, you are at greater risk of developing this vascular cognitive impairment.
Adopting good eating habits can be a challenge with our busy lifestyles, but dieticians are here to help us. Check out the latest information on the following websites:
Think about it!