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According to research, currently more than 14,000 elderly suffer from Alzheimer’s disease in Taiwan. Japanese dementia research expert Professor Takahito Takeuchi advises care facilities and family of patients to emphasize on water consumption, nutrition, bowel movement and exercise to improve over half of dementia symptoms.

Taiwan Alzheimer’s Disease Association says the amount of people with dementia will reach a peak in 2041 with an average of 63 additional people daily. The association explains that by then the caring facilities won’t be able to meet such a large need, so helping citizens learn about dementia and create a dementia-friendly community is more helpful than blindly opening more caring facilities.

Liberty Times reports, Takeuchi says that most researchers believe that dementia is incurable but he doesn’t. He says that water deficiency will affect the dissipation of heat and the decrease of circulation and exercise abilities of the human body. It will also cause conscious disturbance and hallucination. Takeuchi recommends patients to drink over 1500 cc of water every day, consume 1,500 calories, maintain regular bowel movement and exercise daily to improve symptoms. He advises people to drink some water every morning and drink more than 750 cc of water before noon, including water, tea, milk, juice and so on. It is also best to provide patients with the liquids they are used to drinking.

CNA reports, the 2015 annual global Alzheimer’s report issued by the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) shows that an average of one person suffers from dementia every three seconds. A total of 46.8 million people around the world have dementia and will reach 131.5 hundred million people by 2050.

How can dementia be prevented? PNN reports, the first principle is to keep your brain busy. Research shows that people who have challenging jobs are less likely to have dementia. One of the main reasons is they use their brain often and there are more connections between their brain cells. The second principle is to have a life style with variety. Your brain will also become lazy if your life is dull. The third rule is to avoid things that might increase the risk of dementia. Such things are debatable, but should still be taken aware of.

Translated by Olivia Yang