Your health and wellbeing
Staying strong, keeping physically active
There is an old saying – use it or lose it. It is true. Whether you are young or old, the more active you are, both physically and mentally, the better you will feel.
Staying alert, staying connected
Many people with dementia want to know if there are ways of preventing, slowing down or reversing the changes in the brain.
Good food is an important part of life.
Sometimes, after a diagnosis of dementia, communicating can become a little more difficult. Some people revert to a language they spoke in their earlier years.
- Connections matter: helping older people stay socially active. 2014. Beyond Blue.
- Dementia: communication. 2014. Better Health Channel, Victorian State Government. May 2014.
- Nutrition, Help Sheet 13, 2020. Dementia Australia.
- Eating well: a nutrition resource for older people and their carers. 2015. Nutrition Services, Central Coast Local Health District.
- Eating well with dementia. 2015. Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania.
- Eating well with dementia: a carer’s guide. 2014. Nutrition and Diet Resources UK.
- Family and friends matter: how to stay connected to a person living with dementia. 2021. Dementia Australia.
- Heart Foundation Walking. Find a local walk.
- Physical exercise and dementia. 2015. Dementia Australia
- Personal life history booklet. 2011. Produced for the study ‘Developing and testing a strategy to enhance a palliative approach and care continuity for people who have dementia’, led by Alzheimer’s Australia WA.
- Speech pathologists working with older people. Speech Pathology Australia.
- The brainy app. An app to raise awareness of the risk factors for dementia and to help you be brain healthy.
- The benefits of physical activity and exercise for people living with dementia. Discussion paper 11, November 2014. Dementia Australia.
- Tips and ideas for older Australians: Australia’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines. 2021. Australian Government.
- Your brain matters: an Alzheimer’s Australia program to maximise brain health.
- Your shed and dementia: A manual. 2014. Alzheimer's Australia NSW.
- Physical activity for brain health and fighting dementia. 2013. Alzheimer’s Association.
The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government funded initiative.