It's Dementia Awareness Week, and Alzheimer's Australia is organising events all over the country.
The theme of this year's seven-day event, which is running from September 16 to 22, is "Brain Health: Making the Connections".
This was also the theme of Dr Kristine Yaffe's presentation, which took place at Parliament House in Sydney today (September 16).
Dr Yaffe, who is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), revealed that a range of Australia's "most serious chronic diseases" are actually connected, and it is paramount that people are aware of this.
"There is a growing body of evidence showing that other chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as risk factors including depression, obesity and sleep, are associated with cognitive decline," she said in a September 16 statement.
She added that without the proper medical attention and treatment, these diseases can "increase a person's risk of developing dementia".
If you are interested in learning more about this subject, you're in luck – Dr Yaffe is giving public lectures in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and many more places throughout Dementia Awareness Week.
In addition to this, if you would like to help your family get the health care they need if and when they need it, you might want to explore your health insurance options with HICA.
Ita Buttrose, National President of Alzheimer's Australia, was with Dr Yaffe at Parliament House.
She said there are a variety of "preventative health strategies" that Australians can adopt to help them stay in tip-top shape and stave off dementia.
"During Dementia Awareness Week we want to encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles and understand the connection between their physical health and their brain health," said Ms Buttrose.
She encouraged those in attendance – and the population of Australia as a whole – to spare a thought for their blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and to manage their blood pressure and body weight.
"[This] can help reduce the risk of developing some of the most debilitating chronic diseases, including dementia," revealed Ms Buttrose.
We encourage you to take part in Dementia Awareness Week by attending events and getting involved in the activities being hosted in your local area.
You can also contact HICA today for a private health insurance comparison.