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City Lit welcomes Lancet Commission report on dementia

Story added 20th Jul 2017

 

A new study in the medical journal The Lancet suggests one in three cases of dementia could be prevented if people looked after their brain health better. The report, unveiled at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London, suggests 131 million people could be living with dementia by 2050.

Executive Director (External Engagement) at City Lit, Phil Chamberlain said “we maintain lifelong learning and taking on new, stimulating challenges is one of the best ways to keep the brain agile as we go through life.”

“It’s also interesting that depression and hearing loss are cited as potential risk factors for dementia in the commission’s report. Our Mental Wealth Festival, taking place in September, has become one of London’s leading events celebrating the importance of positive mental wellbeing, and our Centre for Deaf Education offer innovative courses to help those living with an acquired hearing loss.”

The report cites nine risk factors that can contribute to the dementia are:

-          Mid-life hearing loss

-          Failing to complete secondary education

-          Smoking

-          Failing to seek early treatment for depression

-          Physical inactivity

-          Social isolation

-          High blood pressure

-          Obesity

-          Type 2 diabetes