"In July 2011, my mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. As such, this disease has had an obvious tangible effect on my life and that of my family's, which increases my desire to have an involvement in a cause that could help prevent or reduce this disease. Since my mother's diagnosis, and notwithstanding the fact that the effects of this disease were experienced some time before the diagnosis was made, my day to day life has been substantially altered. Now the majority of my time is made available to my mother to ensure that she is taken care of, along with the help of my father, brother and sister. Further, I am interested in spreading the word of Alzheimer's and the effect it can have on the patient and carers as I don't believe the majority of people would be able to comprehend this."
What does "Healthy Brains. Positive Ageing" mean to me?
I am a believer that regular physical activity and mental activity can substantially improve our brains ability to grow and improve. I am a strong believer in a healthy lifestyle and believe this can have a positive impact on the direction and how we all age.
Ricky is brother to fellow Fitness Ambassador, Keri Kitay. He is a qualified solicitor and works full-time at Deloitte in the International corporate tax team. Whilst working, he maintains a very healthy lifestyle and runs 3-4 times per week, does the occasional gym workout and plays soccer on the weekend. Ricky is an avid traveller when the opportunity arises. With such a strong personal message to share, CHeBA is thrilled to have Ricky on board as a Fitness Ambassador.
The CHeBA Champions are Fitness Ambassadors for the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing. These fitness professionals and enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s are championing healthy brain ageing through healthy lifestyles from a young age.