Dementia is a disease that causes upheaval not only for the person but their network of support. It appears that, according to Craig Ritchie, Professor of Psychiatry & Ageing at the University of Edinburgh, the fight to prevent Alzheimer’s disease needs to start at middle age.
While we can take up new challenges like learn a new instrument or continue crosswords to maintain brain health, the evidence suggests that we need to remain socially connected. While there’s no guarantee one will avoid dementia, Professor Richie suggests that connection to people and activities will not cause any harm, so why not try them. Several interventions are offered, and I’d add that counselling is one such intervention to deal with the challenge of transition or change in one’s life.