Saturday, May 16, 2015

Guest Post: Living with Alzheimer's Infographic

By Helen O' Keefe

Enjoying our twilight years is something we all consider from an early stage of our lives. We put money in pensions. We plan our retirement. We look forward to spending time with our families.

Unfortunately, life can create stumbling blocks and force us to re-think our plans and the plans of those around us. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s force change on those that suffer from the disease and also those that are close to them. In instances like this, it is important that there is care and support available for all concerned. It is also of vital importance that we look after our bodies early in life in order to safeguard against debilitating illness.

Looking after our health is our own responsibility and is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, studies have shown that exercising and looking after your body can delay, or in many cases help to prevent dementia.

Ensuring that you exercise for 30 minutes a day has been proven to improve mental health while also improving the condition of your heart. Exercising regularly and improving diet can help to combat diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Studies also indicate that bone degeneration problems can be eradicated by moderate exercise on a regular basis.

Life can be fast paced at a young age and it can be difficult to fit exercise and healthy eating into a busy schedule, but how you treat your body now can have repercussions for how you live your life in the future. Finding 30 minutes in your day could mean an enjoyable retirement to do the things you love.

In this infographic, I have sought to convey the frightening statistics surrounding Alzheimer’s. I have also demonstrated the outlook for the future regarding the disease.

I hope that this IG informs sufferers and carers and helps to improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease.

Helen O' Keefe serves as the Marketing Manager for Homecare Plus, based in Dublin, Ireland. 

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