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Prevent Memory Loss by Taking Care of Their Brains

New Nationwide Campaign Urges Kiwis to Prevent Memory Loss by Taking Better Care of Their Brains

New Zealanders could help stave off memory loss by making a few simple lifestyle changes according to Care Chemist, New Zealand’s fastest growing community pharmacy group. Care Chemist has launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of dementia and memory loss and to provide information on how to slow down the process.

‘Memory loss is an increasing problem with an ageing population but fortunately, there are a number of things that can be done to keep the brain in tip top condition,’ explains Care Chemist CEO, Nicolette McDonald. ‘For example, a recent neurology study found that eating fish rich in omega-3 can help lower the risk of memory loss and stroke by 26% . This benefit was only found in fish that was baked or grilled though, not fried, so be careful about how your fish is prepared.’

According to Alzheimer’s New Zealand, there are currently around 40,746 New Zealanders with some form of dementia and it is estimated that by 2026, 74,821 people will have developed the condition. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form, affecting approximately 20,000 to 28,500 New Zealanders.

Nicolette adds: ‘Exercising both the body and the brain and staying socially stimulated can help improve memory. Research has also shown that supplementing the diet with high-folic acid pills could help slow the decline in memory and other brain functions as you age .’

Nicolette also points out that it is not just the older generation that should place importance on brain health.

‘Dementia and memory loss is often something associated with individuals over the age of fifty,’ says Nicolette. ‘However, it is important that younger people look after their brains as well. Taking the right steps early on can help support and maintain healthy brain function through an individual’s entire life.’

Care Chemist will be providing advice on how to improve brain health both in-store and through their monthly healthcare brochure. On top of that, Care Chemists pharmacists are always on hand to discuss any issues and possible solutions with their customers.

For more information on Care Chemist, visit www.carechemist.co.nz

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