Dementia and The Titanic

“Sinking of the Titanic”
by Willy Stöwer, 1912
Image source: Wikipedia

The Titanic sadly, but very famously sank, and there was no stopping it, with many people losing their lives! History.com says: “The luxury steamship RMS Titanic sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912, off the coast of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic after sideswiping an iceberg during its maiden voyage. Of the 2,240 passengers and crew on board, more than 1,500 lost their lives in the disaster. Titanic has inspired countless books, articles and films, and her story has entered the public consciousness as a cautionary tale about the perils of human hubris.”

You might by now be wondering, why on earth I am referring to Dementia and the Titanic in the same blog?!

Over the years, I have felt like nothing would every change in terms of attitudes towards improving lifestyle as a way of managing dementia positively, and it felt like the Titanic, a sinking ship! I’ve advocated for, and written or talked about reducing or modifying the cognitive decline caused by dementia, through lifestyle changes, including positive psychosocial and non pharmacological interventions for dementia, and slowly, attitudes are changing towards this. Finally, evidence based research is also emerging to prove it is a valid way forward.

There are already hundreds of examples of anecdotal evidence of this approach working, as many of the DAI members can testify to. Our weekly Brain Health meetings are how we learn from each other, and share new evidence or examples of the advantages of eating a diet healthy for our brains, improving sleep, and exercising regularly. Together, I believe we are not letting the ‘tsunami of dementia’ as it is too often referred to, or the Titanic, sink, but instead, we are helping to keep it afloat, and changing the direction of outcomes for people with dementia more positively, enabling increased well being nd quality of life, even if it is not a cure.

The following two articles highlight yet another example of the value of diet in managing dementia, so much so, that the Alzheimer’s Society are supporting it on their website.

82-year-old who couldn’t recognise her own son due to dementia gets memory back after changing diet

Mum’s dementia was so bad she was kept in hospital for her own safety – but then we changed her diet

Bring it on!


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