Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire team gets £40,000 for dementia fight

Staffordshire University researchers have received almost £40,000 to help tackle dementia in the community.

Derek Beeston, from the university's Centre for Ageing and Mental Health, said they will teach healthcare workers about reducing the risk of contracting vascular dementia.

He said exercise, moderate eating and drinking and quitting smoking can help.

"A lot of reports say that dementia is not preventable but that clearly isn't the case," he said.

The funding, from NHS North Staffordshire Locality Workforce Board, will also be used to spread the message to the wider public.

Mr Beeston said: "A large portion of vascular dementia is caused by problems within the circulatory system because it reduces the amount of blood getting to the brain.

"A high proportion of circulatory problems are caused by people not looking after themselves."

He added: "Our message is that by looking after your heart, you are looking after your brain."

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