The holiday season is nearly upon us and whilst many of us enjoy a relaxing time with food and drink it is good to keep in mind the need for moderation. Not only is a balanced diet helpful for our general vascular health but it may contribute to our brain health also. There is some evidence towards the benefit of a mediterranean diet in memory function and dementia, though this is by no means the whole answer.
It is useful, too, to consider the effects of alcohol on the brain with someone with dementia or other cognitive disturbance, and to keep a watch on intake. New environments such as restaurants and holiday outings can trigger a worsening in those with more advanced dementia, so it may be helpful to consider location carefully, reorientate the person frequently, and maintain adequate hydration, especially during hotter weather.
With good care and planning, we hope for a wonderful and memorable time with family and friends across the festive season.