‘Three glasses of champagne a day could help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease’.
Sounds wonderful! Almost too good to be true, you might say. Which was very much the case.
The past few years have seen a huge increase in media coverage of dementia. In many ways this is a great step forward. The media have played a huge part in making us all more aware of dementia.
However, it pays to be savvy when you read the news. When you or someone you care about has dementia, it can be tempting to look for hope in every headline, a promise in every research study. Or you might feel guilty when the front page shouts that eating or drinking something increases your risk.
What do you think of the conflicting dementia-related headlines about food, drink and lifestyle? Does the media coverage help you decide how to reduce your risk, or are you confused by it all? How much beetroot should you eat? How much red wine should you drink? Blueberries or grapes? What should we believe? Who should we trust?
Join us at the Alzheimer Scotland annual conference where we’ll be debating this vital issue. We’ll be looking past the headlines to what the big stories really mean, with the help of key experts in the field, including:
- a member of the Scottish Dementia Working Group, on how they feel about hope and hype in the media
- Professor Craig Ritchie, on reducing your risk through a healthier lifestyle
- Dr Martha Clare Morris, on MIND and Mediterranean diets
- Hammond Care’s (Australia) innovative approach to food and drink
- Chef Peter Morgan Jones, on dignity and respect in dining with dementia
See you on Friday 2 June in Edinburgh for an Alzheimer Scotland conference with a lot of food for thought. Early bird rates are available until 14 April.
Source: Alzheimers Scotland