Understanding alzheimer's and dementia
Dementia itself is not a disease, but an umbrella term used to describe the symptoms - such as memory loss, confusion, and personality change - caused by a lot of different diseases. Named after the doctor who first described it (Alois Alzheimer), Alzheimer's is a physical disease that affects the brain and is the most common cause of dementia.
Whilst there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, there is a lot that can be done to enable someone to live better with the condition. Leading a lifestyle that combines regular physical exercise, mental activity, and social engagement can help to lower risk. With studies linking table tennis as a potentially effective treatment against the systems of on-set dementia, BAT are exploring this area further in the search for truly innovative ways to combat the disease.