September is World Alzheimer’s Month


The World Alzheimer’s Month campaign takes place every September and aims to heighten awareness about the condition alongside other types of dementia. This year’s campaign theme, ‘never too early, never too late’, serves as a reminder that it’s always the right time to work towards delaying or preventing the onset of these diseases.


Non-profit organisation Alzheimer’s Disease International cites that approximately 40% of dementia cases could potentially be delayed or mitigated, while a staggering 75% of individuals living with some form of dementia remain undiagnosed* (thus lacking any support that comes with formal diagnosis). This underscores the critical need to identify the signs and symptoms of these conditions and to understand how we can foster self-care to stave off the onset of dementia.


Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the build up of proteins within the brain, which disrupt the transmission of information between brain cells. It’s the most prevalent form of dementia.


Several risk factors contribute to the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s and other dementias. While certain factors are beyond our control (such as gender and genetics, which can increase vulnerability), there are things that we can do to help enhance brain health.


Mitigating Risks

  • Depression – A link between dementias and depression exists, though it remains uncertain whether dementia leads to depression or vice versa. Whichever comes first, it’s advisable to address mental health symptoms proactively before they impact other aspects of life.
  • Diabetes – Type 2 diabetes has been identified as a significant risk factor, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a balanced diet and an active lifestyle to reduce this risk.
  • Hypertension – Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension in middle age increases the risk of dementia. At present, medication to manage hypertension is the only effective preventive medication for dementia risk.
  • Limited Social Interaction – Scientific evidence supports the notion that social engagements can diminish dementia risk by exercising specific brain areas.
  • Head Injuries – Frequent or severe head injuries are also contributors to heightened dementia risk.
  • Smoking – Regardless of one’s life stage, quitting smoking can diminish the likelihood of dementia and various other health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cancers.
  • Physical Inactivity – Regular physical activity substantially reduces risks, simultaneously improving cardiovascular health and mental well-being.
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption – Overindulgence in alcohol elevates the likelihood of more than 200 disease and injury conditions, including dementia.


At Rosebank, we promote an active and well-balanced lifestyle for our residents, taking their individual needs and preferences into account. Our experienced staff members specialize in nursing and dementia care, including risk mitigation, and maintain a strong collaboration with local medical teams. We endeavour to ensure that all our residents feel respected and cared for as unique individuals.


For additional insights into risk factors and practical suggestions for diminishing dementia risk, the Alzheimer’s Society offers a comprehensive guide here.


If you’re interested in learning more about our care home and how we support those with dementia or how we help to reduce the risk factors in our other residents, feel free to contact us on 01993 850308 or visit our website at




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