Let’s start with the good news of this story: The principle of hope is prevention. Those who lead healthy lives significantly reduce the likelihood of developing some form of dementia. Science today already knows a great deal about dementia, its forms, the course of the disease and prevention. And at the same time, unfortunately, what we do actually know is still far too little. There are many unanswered questions about the causes and development of dementia and about possible therapeutic approaches.
“The fact is that with increased life expectancy, there will be more and more people who develop some form of dementia as they get older. And this will have massive societal implications. Therefore, based on our current understanding, it’s definitely time that we have a frank conversation about preventive approaches to this disease,” says Dr Richard Kogelnig, physician and deputy medical director at Health Retreat Park Igls. According to the medical doctor and psychologist, we need to speak more openly and more publicly in favour of prevention awareness, research as well as for facilities for those affected or support for relatives.
According to the WHO, 50 million people worldwide, including around 2 million Germans, 850,000 Britons, 130,000 Austrians and around 145,000 Swiss are estimated to be currently suffering from some form of dementia – excluding (presumably) high numbers of unreported cases. Forecasts predict that these numbers may double, perhaps triple, by 2050 at the latest, so this is anything but a small thing. “This raises a host of societal questions that urgently need answers, and the sooner the better. However, findings from scientific and medical research give us reason for optimism. All that’s needed is to organise the necessary resources,” says Dr Richard Kogelnig.
“Healthy living, eating right, plenty of exercise. And training the brain. All this sounds so simple, but for many of us it is not, because it often requires modifying our lifestyles. A Mayr cure over the course of several weeks can actually offer a very conscious starting point and inspiration for a healthier life. We experience this quite often here at Park Igls,” says the experienced expert. And what’s more: “Dementia affects us all including our friends and loved ones. That which each and every one of us has in our control is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Perhaps you just have to remind yourself of this every day: “The modern F.X. Mayr cure, which has been at the centre of prevention at Park Igls for decades, is a proven therapy to avoid lifestyle diseases and thus also provides sensible, active protection against neurodegenerative diseases. If you want to protect your brain for the long haul, you would do well to prioritise lifestyle choices in line with Dr F. X. Mayr!”
Before you continue reading, allow us to leave you with this phrase from Jorge Bucay of Argentina: “Children are told stories to fall asleep – adults to wake up.”