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