Events To Mark 2015 Dementia Awareness Week

September 20, 2015

The Department of Health is encouraging the public to attend the events for the second Annual Dementia Awareness Week to learn more about dementia.

A spokesperson said, “The Department is inviting the public to take advantage of the many educational opportunities being organized by Action on Alzheimer’s [AAZ] such as the free public presentations on Monday, September 21 at the Tradewinds Theatre at 6.30pm and Tuesday September 22 at 6.30pm and the screening of “Genius of Man” also at the Tradewinds Theatre on Thursday, September 24 and the screening of the film “Glenn Campbell…I’ll Be Me” on Saturday, September 26 at 7pm at the Tradewinds Theatre.

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me trailer

“Although it is still unknown exactly what triggers Alzheimer’s disease, several factors including age and cardiovascular disease are known to increase your risk of developing the condition.

“Research shows that several lifestyle factors and chronic disease conditions associated with cardiovascular disease can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. These include:

  • smoking
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol

“You can help reduce your risk by stopping smoking if you smoke, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and having regular health checks as you get older. It is also important to keep as active as possible, both mentally and physically, to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

“For more information on Alzheimer’s and dementia please visit AAZ’s website at”

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