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If you believe that you or someone you know may be suffering from depression or have suicidal thoughts, you can learn more by clicking on the links below.

Getting Help

Mind Your Head is your link to help and a happier life. A qualified counsellor can talk to you about issues you may be experiencing and help you implement strategies to be happy and healthy again.

You can find a qualified Counsellor in your vicinity here: Counsellor Search

If you are experiencing overwhelming feelings of grief, pain, loss, anxiety or having thoughts of ending your life, please call the Lifeline Crisis Line immediately.

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the early stages of Alzheimers or some other form of dementia

If you ticked “yes” for any of the above symptoms, either for yourself or someone you know, it is important not to ignore them. Early detection can help in many ways:

  1. You will get the most benefit possible from the treatments that are available. You can experiment with treatments that will provide some relief of symptoms and help you maintain your independence for as long as possible. Getting checked early means you might also be more likely to be able to participate in clinical trials of research studies which help advance our understanding of the disease, and might also help you.
  2. You have more time to plan for the future. An early diagnosis allows you to take part in decisions about care, living arrangements, transportation, and financial and legal matters. You will be better able to build a care team and support network for yourself. Your doctor may recommend that you go see specialists, such as a neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, or geriatrician.
  3. You will be able to take maximal advantage of care and support services. This enables you and your loved ones to live the fullest life possible with Alzheimers or dementia.

The chief risk factors of Alzheimers have been identified as age, family history, and heredity. Most of the people who have Alzheimers are 65 or older, and the likelihood of developing Alzheimers doubles every five years after 65. After age 85, the risk is around 50 percent. Also, if you have a family member, such as a parent, sibling, or child with the disease, you are more likely to develop it. If you have both parents with the disease, the risk increases. In terms of the genetics, scientists have identified both “risk” genes (which increase the risk of developing Alzheimers, but don’t guarantee it will happen) and “deterministic” genes (which directly cause the disease).

Of course, we cannot change our age, family history, or genetic makeup, but there are risk factors that we can influence toward brain health. These include protecting our heads from trauma and keeping the brain healthy by going for good heart health (for example: by avoiding high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, and diabetes). Finally, by employing strategies for general healthy ageing, science tells us we may keep our brain as well as body fit, even gaining some protection against Alzheimers. These strategies revolve around keeping weight within recommended guidelines, avoiding tobacco and excess alcohol, staying socially connected, and exercising both body and mind (Alz.org, 2013).

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ACA - Australian Counselling Association

Mind Your Head is an initiative of the Australian Counselling Association, a national professional association for qualified Counsellors.