A problem rising
Australia enjoys one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world, at 82.8 years in 2015, just behind Japan, Switzerland and Singapore.
Medicine is helping us to live longer and with good quality of life. However, at the same it increases people longevity, it causes other problems especially related to Mental Health. Let’s have a look some figures:
- More than 413,106 Australian currently have dementia;
- By 2025 the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 536,164;
- Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians contributing to 5.4% of all deaths in males and 10.6% of all deaths in females each year;
- By 2025 the total cost of dementia is predicted to increase to $18.7 billion in today’s dollars, and by 2056 to over $36.8 billion.
We spent a lot of money in drugs trying to prevent and control dementia, however, the same way some people take tablets to lose weight instead to exercise, you can reduce the number of drugs taken by exercising your brain.
There are some risk factors for dementia that we cannot change, such as age, genetic and gender. Until effective treatments are found, the most promising way to reduce dementia risk is having a healthy lifestyle and exercise your body and your brain.
According to studies from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, more research is needed in larger groups of people to determine how, and whether, mental stimulation may protect the brain. But, the researchers conclude, “Until then, the best advice is simple: ‘A busy mind to keep dementia at bay.’ “. That means, you can be very brainy and even this way, have Alzheimer, for example. However, a trained and strong brain can decrease significantly the change of having dementia.