A number of dietary factors have been associated with a reduced risk of developing dementia. These include:
(1) Lower intake of saturated and transunsaturated fats
Foods high in saturated fat include butter, lard, meat, full fat dairy products, coconut oil. Palm oil and chocolate. Transunsaturated fats are used widely in some fast food, snack foods, fried foods and commercially baked goods.
(2) Higher intake of monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats
Foods high in protective unsaturated fats include olive oil and olives, some margarines and vegetable oils, avocados, nuts and seeds, fish.
(3) Higher intake of omega-3 fats
Foods high in omega-3 include fish, particularly oily fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and tuna, Flaxseed oil, Walnuts and eggs.
(4) Higher intake of some antioxidants and vitamins and fruit and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables especially deeply and brightly coloured ones. Antioxidants are found in whole grains, tea, especially green tea, vegetable oils, dark chocolate and red wine (a limit of two). Blueberries are sometimes called ‘brain food’ and may have a protective effect through the action of antioxidants.
(5) Moderate consumption of alcohol (with caution – too much alcohol poses a significant health risk)
Light to moderate consumption of alcohol has been linked to a lower risk of dementia. There is insufficient evidence, however, to promote alcohol consumption to non-drinkers as a means of reducing dementia risk.
EDIE is an immersive workshop facilitated by Dementia Australia that enables participants to see the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia. Utilising virtual reality technology, the workshop enhances participants knowledge of dementia whilst exploring enablement strategies to support a person with dementia to live more confidently.
Recently over 90% of our care team at Andrew Kerr Care undertook EDIE, further demonstrating our commitment to our residents living, community and care moments. Staff from all areas of our organisation including our kitchen, laundry, administration and our care staff attended this intensive workshop.
Resource. Dementia Australia. What you eat and drink and your brain.