Helping yourself

Eat well

Eat a well-balanced diet with less saturated fat and don't smoke.  More information on nutrition and diet can be found on this web site.

Exercise in moderation

Try to be active for 30 minutes at least five times a week.  You don't have to join a gym or take strenuous classes - walking, dancing, gardening and housework will all keep you fit.

Exercise your mind

Exercising and challenging your brain - by learning new skills, doing puzzles such as crosswords and even learning a new language - will keep your brain in good shape.  Even playing card games and doing mental arithmetic can sharpen your short term memory.  Or read a book - reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.  It exercises your cognitive skills and increases your vocabulary.

Be sociable

Staying healthy isn't just about keeping physically healthy.  Making sure you spend time with other people can reduce any feelings of loneliness, depression and low self-worth.

Keep in touch with friends, spend time with others and engage in social activities: all will help to keep you alert and mentally healthy.  Even a quick phone call, email or text can help you feel connected with those you love.

Dental Care

The following link to the Alzheimer's Society web site gives information on dental care for people diagnosed with Dementia.

Dental care and oral health

Also read this warning article on the BBC News website.

Other useful information

Dementia and Prevention in PDF format.

See also this excellent resource for aids and self help ideas.

Also consider how Occupational Therapy might help.  See this site for more information.

Having problems sleeping well? Check out the information on this site to see if there is a solution for you.

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NHS Dental Fines Scandal

An NHS automated system has been incorrectly fining people with dementia.  Read the full article here on the BBC News website.

Barnstaple Link Rotary Club

The club is launching a new project to help people with dementia which will complement the activities of Barnstaple's Memory Café.  Read more...

MHA launch Joyce's Music Video

MHA have launched Joyce's music video on YouTube showing the power of music therapy in helping people with dementia.

Dementia Friendly Communities

Various bodies, both government and others are promoting the setting up of dementia friendly communities.  To see what's involved and how you can be part of it, go to our dementia friendly communities page.  You can also read this PDF document (1.5MB)

Service Above Self

It is with much pleasure that we announce that the Chair of REPoD, Dr. Geri Parlby, has been awarded the 'Rotary International Service above Self Award' for her outstanding contributions to the REPoD effort over the 6 years since its inception.  We feel that all who know her will feel that this award was well deserved.

Hands across the water

The REPoD message is spreading and not just within the UK.  Read this email extract from a couple in Washington DC.

Dementia Adventure

Looking for a break / holiday for someone you care for or yourself - then take a look at this web site.

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