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Dementia Awareness Month

"You are not alone" Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1 September to 30 September every year. The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone". September is Dementia Awareness Month when we aim to give Australians a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia. It also highlights the importance of accessing services and information early to empower and enable everybody impacted by dementia, including carers. There are more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is presenting a number of events and activities across Victoria, and we would love the Moonee Valley Health and Fitness community to get involved. What is Dementia? Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life. What Causes Dementia There are many different forms of dementia and each has its own causes. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Huntington's disease, Alcohol related dementia (Korsakoff's syndrome) and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. Who gets Dementia Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. People in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia. What can be done to help? At present there is no prevention or cure for most forms of dementia. However, some medications [...]

Healthy Bones – Osteoporosis

Healthy Bones - Action Week Healthy Bones Action Week (formerly Nationally Healthy Bones Week) has been encouraging people of all ages to protect their bones since its inception in 1994. Osteoporosis is one of the least-discussed, under-diagnosed and under-treated diseases in Australia, yet poor bone health affects 2 in 3 Australians over 50 years, including a growing number of men. You are never too young – or old – to act when it comes to protecting your bones. Healthy Bones Action Week calls on Australians of all ages to take the three actions to build and maintain healthy bones: Increase daily serves of calcium through milk, cheese or yoghurt. Go for a walk or committing to some new form of regular exercise. Spend time outdoors to get more vitamin D. What is osteoporosis? Genes and lifestyle impact how strong bones are. While you can’t change your genetics, you can adopt a ‘bonefriendly’ lifestyle which includes adequate calcium intake, exercise and sufficient vitamin D. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose calcium and other minerals, making them fragile and more likely to fracture. In Australia, osteoporosis affects 1.2 million people. This number is expected to increase as our population grows older. Osteoporosis affects more than 1 in 5 women over the age of 65 years, compared with around 1 in 20 men. Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis because of the rapid drop in the hormone oestrogen during menopause. In men, testosterone levels decline more gradually. As a result, bone mass in men usually remains adequate until later in life. By age 65, both men and women lose bone at the same rate. It is never too late to start looking after your bones and take [...]