On June 13, we are teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Society to run Cupcake Day, to raise money towards the fight to beat dementia.
We will have some delicious cupcakes to buy in Scalesceugh Hall, as we try to raise as much ‘dough’ as possible.
Scalesceugh co-founder, GP Dr Anita Herdeiro, was keen to get involved in the awareness day because she and husband Bruno put lifestyle at the heart of everything they do - and this has a great effect on dementia.
Anita says: “Many factors that put us at risk of dementia are preventable. The more we work on these the better.
“Cumbria sadly suffers one of the highest rates of social isolation in England. It was one of the drivers for Bruno and myself to create something we had seen work very successfully abroad.
“Working at living a healthy life, prevention of social isolation and interaction with people are all vital.
“We are at a time where social and human interaction is more important than ever.”
By 2050, it is estimated that 131 million people across the world could be living with dementia - today’s figure is around 47 million.
How To Prevent Dementia
An international study published in the Lancet claimed that one in three cases of dementia could be prevented if people looked after their brain health all through life.
The study identified nine main risk factors:
Mid-life hearing loss
Failing to complete secondary education
Failing to seek early treatment for depression
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
The Alzheimer’s Society points out that dementia is not a natural part of ageing - and it doesn’t just affect older people. In fact, more than 40,000 people under retirement age in the UK have dementia.
Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain, of which there are many types. Alzheimer’s disease, for example, causes nerve cells to die, which damages the structure and chemistry of the brain.
No two types of dementia are the same. In different types of dementia there is damage to different parts of the brain.
Everyone experiences dementia in a different way, too. Factors affecting this include a person’s physical health, the treatment they receive, support from friends and family, and their own attitude to diagnosis.
Support The Campaign At Cupcake Day
So join us on Thursday between 2-4pm for an afternoon of enjoying homemade cakes, raising awareness and money for a very worthwhile cause.
Dr Anita Herdeiro will talk about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, in order to reduce the progression of dementia.
Anita adds: "People talk about growing old with dignity or with grace. To me that's all about staying healthy and active in mind and body, keeping connected to friends and family and being part of a vibrant community."
Please call June on 07853 190765 to book your place now, or contact her here.