Personal trainer blog: “The Famous Five take on dementia”

jigsaw with the word dementia

I just can’t resist this headline from this week’s Sunday Times (December 2013). ‘The Famous Five’ has such great connotations for me – it’s all about surreptitious reading and being transported into a world of adventure where the heroes (who were very similar to us) overcame unbelievable obstacles.

jigsaw with the word dementiaAnd what a challenge dementia is – my mother died with this hideous disease, not quite sure if she had had any children and still looking for my long dead Dad.

You will understand that every forgotten word is alarming to me, every trip into another room when the purpose forgotten causes me to consider panicking. I clutch optimistically to any hint on ‘how to avoid dementia’ and adopt a new regime (hoping not to forget why I am doing it!) so I read this article keenly.

Well, sorry for being repetitive, but it’s what I keep saying:

  • stop smoking
  • limit alcohol
  • eat healthily
  • exercise
  • use your brain

These are our ‘Famous Five’ – not exactly rocket science – but really easy. Why not make these your accountabilities for this week?


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About Marion Foreman

I fall neatly into the ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ category. I grew up in a turmoil of Guardian fuelled feminism. I went from ‘little woman’ to independent person in a decade. I began my nurse training in the early 70s in the midst of a male dominated university town. I convinced myself that my views must be wrong as the ultra clever men didn’t agree with me. It wasn’t until I did my degree with the OU that I realised that I had a voice – and a legitimate voice at that. Four children and three husbands later I have found my place in the world. A place that simply says that I am who I am, that I can choose my own path in life and choose those who walk with me. I have learnt that equality means making and taking opportunities, not feeling compelled to ‘do it all’.