Tony Robinson on his strict lifestyle plan to help prevent Dementia after parents’ deathMay 18, 2021
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Sir Tony Robinson, 74, became an ambassador for Alzheimer’s after his parents died after having Dementia over a decade ago. On whether he fears getting the syndrome, he discussed the healthy lifestyle plan he follows to try and prevent it.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “Most of the time I feel pretty fatalistic about it.
“I’ve got as little or as much chance of getting it like most other people.
“Just simply the fact my parents had it doesn’t necessarily mean I will get it at all.
“What we understand about the disease, is the kind of thing that can keep it at bay is getting involved with things socially, being very active, eating decent food, not getting p****d and by and large that’s the kind of life I lead anyway.”
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of Dementia, affecting around 850,000 people in the UK.
According to the NHS, there’s no way to prevent all types of Dementia, as researchers are still investigating how the condition develops.
However, there’s good evidence that a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of developing it when you’re older.
Experts have also suggested following a balanced diet, keeping alcohol within recommended limits and keeping blood pressure at a healthy level could help lower the risk.
According to Alzheimers.org, the majority of Dementia is not inherited by children and grandchildren. In rarer types of the disease, there may be a strong genetic link, but these are only a tiny proportion of overall cases of Dementia.
The Blackadder star went on to say he still doesn’t think the Government is doing enough to help Dementia sufferers or care homes.
He added: “I don’t think any group of politicians have ever done enough for Dementia.
“The problem has been growing for the last 20 years and organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society have been flagging it up.
“Most care homes nowadays, you could well call Dementia homes because so many people in them have got Dementia and the investment simply hasn’t gone in.”
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He added: “Shortly before virtually every election, politicians make sweet noises about the amount of investment they’re going to put into care homes in the future and it never turns out that way for one reason or another.
“As we’ve seen over the last year, that was a disaster waiting to happen.
“Let us hope that one of the silver linings of Covid is that people will take much more seriously how we’re going to care for our elderly and most importantly our infirm elderly over the new few years.”
This week, the ex Time Team star launched Dementia Action Week urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “cure the social care system” along with Alzheimer’s Society CEO Kate Lee.
He said: “I urge everyone in the UK to sign the Dementia Action Week petition. It is vital that the social care system is one that we can be proud of. For too long, families have felt forgotten by a system that is unfair, difficult to access and inconsistent, not giving people with Dementia the care they so desperately need.
“We can’t cure Dementia yet; but the Government can cure the social care system, and they must act now to prevent further heartbreak and distress for thousands of families across the UK.”
To support Dementia Action Week (17-23 May 2021) visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW to sign our petition and join #CureTheCareSystem campaign.
And for information, advice and support call Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Connect support line (0333 150 345) or visit our website.
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