Time for a Cuppa Week – Dementia awareness
This week is Time for a Cuppa Week raising awareness of dementia. Dementia is described by Dementia UK as “an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain”1. Dementia can affect people of all ages (there are over 200 subtypes) but is most common in people over 65. Estimates suggest that by 2025 more than one million people will be living with the condition.1 .
The many different symtoms of dementia include, memory loss, mood changes and confusion2. Currently there is no cure but there are way help prevent or slow down its onset including eating a balanced healthy diet and being physically active. Being overweight can increase your blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease which are both linked to higher risk of Alzheimer’s (a common form of dementia) 3.
We have lots of yummy recipes, for example, Green salad with edamame beans and fresh ginger and lime dressing or a Roast cod and Mediterranean vegetable tray bake to help you on your way to a healthy balanced lifestyle.
To help raise awareness of dementia and support families who are affected, Dementia UK hold an annual fundraising event called Time for a Cuppa. This is where local communities organise a tea party. Events like these are a great way to encourage friends and family to spend time outdoors and help raise funds for this vital cause. Spending time with loved ones is also beneficial to everyone’s wellbeing – a time to unwind and enjoy the company of others.
If you would like to learn more about dementia and its symptoms please visit the NHS page below: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/symptoms/
- Dementia UK. 2023. What is dementia? – Dementia UK. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.dementiauk.org/about-dementia/dementia-information/what-is-dementia/.
- uk. 2023. Symptoms of dementia – NHS. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/symptoms/.
- uk. 2023. Can dementia be prevented – NHS. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/dementia-prevention/