On the Coast – Over 55 Issue 26 I November/December 2018 - Page 14

Memory and cognitive decline by Diana Arundell T here are consequences to all of our choices and choosing how we treat our body over the years with nutrition and lifestyle choices without a doubt can impact our health including risk factors associated with disease progression the body. Diet and lifestyle choices can affect our cognitive health and the development of associated diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Genetics are also a part of the risk factor profile, and although we can not change our genes, we can impact how our genes express themselves and this can affect the presence and progression of disease. Cognitive decline can be a sensitive issue and stressful for both the person experiencing the cognitive decline as well as the family and friends living around that person. It may show up as simple forgetfulness or more significant confusion or even disorientation. More research continues to discover new facets about brain health and more natural treatment protocols targeting whole body approaches to treating cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease which is the major cause of age related cognitive decline. Dementia is a significant global healthcare issue and even though it appears to be a growing issue, therapeutic treatment for conditions such as Alzheimer’s doesn’t seem to have made much impact when compared to the treatment of other health issues such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Alzheimer’s is often referred to as type 3 Diabetes because inflammation and increased insulin resistance are associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Several treatable metabolic markers appear to be involved with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and may be present years prior to diagnosis. Therefore it may be worth testing for such markers in those with cognitive decline as well as those at risk of cognitive decline. High levels of blood homocysteine, chronic inflammation, low vitamin D (amongst other vitamin deficiencies), hormonal deficiencies, A day trip to remember... Ride the Ferry and have lunch at the Davo! gastrointestinal tract integrity and heavy metal toxicity status are all potentially linked to increased risk of cognitive decline. These may be considered ‘non standard’ tests by orthodox medical practitioners however growing research suggests links to cognitive decline and these markers are treatable with diet, lifestyle and nutritional support. Dr Dale Bredesen is a neurologist who has pioneered research in the treatment and reversal of cognitive decline, basing treatment on nutrition and lifestyle protocols. His treatment protocol includes addressing lifestyle, diet, supplements, exercise and sleep to reverse the cognitive decline associated with early Alzheimer’s disease. This isn’t a simple magic pill, it involves commitment and effort for the patient to take charge of their health and following the protocol Ferry Trip & Lunch Package ONLY $30 per head Only 2 minutes’ walk from Woy Woy station the M.V Saratoga departs Fisherman’s Wharf Monday to Friday at 10.45am and 12.30pm and on the weekends 9.30am, 10.45am or 12.30pm for a relaxing ride on the beautiful Brisbane Waters. There is an option of a 1 ½ hour COCKATOO ferry cruise departing from 10:15am with return on the regular ferry at 1:15pm or 2:15pm. Inform the Boat Captain and he will ring the club prior to your arrival where the bus will pick you up from Davistown Wharf and bring you to Davistown RSL Club. The bus will then depart the club at either 1.00pm and 2.00pm for your return journey home. Bookings are essential. For more information contact Davistown RSL Club on 4363-0103 and Central Coast Ferries on 0418 63 13 13. Email reception@davistownrsl.com.au 2 Course Menu – Main & Dessert Minimum of 25 people For your next group booking look no further than Davistown RSL with a wide variety of choices. DAVISTOWN RSL CLUB 14 S E N I O R S O N T H E C OA S T Highly Commended 2014 Chef’s Table