Veterans' brains matter

As part of Veterans’ Health Week 2013, Alzheimer’s Australia in collaboration with Fitness Australia and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, released a Help Sheet to urge veterans to participate in physical activity to maximise their brain health.

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Veterans’ brains matter

As part of Veterans’ Health Week, Alzheimer’s Australia in collaboration with Fitness Australia and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, have today released a Help Sheet to urge veterans to participate in physical activity to maximise their brain health.

Australian of the Year and Alzheimer’s Australia National President, Ita Buttrose said: “Evidence shows us that regardless of age, taking up physical activity will be beneficial for a person’s brain health. It is never to early or too late to start. 

“People need to be aware that physical activity can lower their risk of developing dementia.

“Research suggests that a 25 per cent reduction in physical inactivity rates could potentially prevent nearly one million cases of Alzheimer’s disease worldwide.”

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Michael Ronaldson, commended Alzheimer’s Australia and Fitness Australia on their support of Veterans’ Health Week and their commitment to improving the health of the veteran community. The theme of the week is ‘Physical Activity – Fitness, Strength, Flexibility, and Balance’.

“I strongly encourage all Australians, and in particular members of the veteran community, to take note of the important information contained in the Help Sheet. It is vital that all Australians recognise the importance physical activity has in maintaining your brain health and to take the time to incorporate some physical activity in to their daily routines. 

Ms Buttrose said that as well as physical activity there are there are 5 simple steps to maximise a person’s brain health.

“Look after your heart, be physically active, challenge your brain, eat healthily and enjoy social activity,” Ms Buttrose said.

The Help Sheet can be viewed here.

Call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 for questions, information, advice.

 

Your Brain Matters was supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund from July 2012 to June 2015.

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Dementia Australia would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians and carers of the country of Australia.