"I have a family history of dementia. My maternal grandfather passed away in 2009 after having dementia for about four years. Watching him slowly deteriorate was emotionally straining for my family, particularly my grandmother. My paternal grandmother is now suffering from dementia. She volunteered for over fifty years and did a lot of great things for her community; it is hard to see someone who did so much for so many people, now struggle to look after herself. Being a fitness ambassador for CHeBA is a way of taking control of the modifiable risk factors associated with dementia, while also helping to raise funds for research and promoting community awareness of the disease."
What does "Healthy Brains. Positive Ageing" mean to me?
Perhaps due to conditions like dementia, getting older can have some negative associations. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we can improve the way we age and thus, act to switch such ageing associations from negative to positive (so we grow older and wiser!).
Katrina is a final year podiatry student at the University of Newcastle. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something that has always been important to Katrina, who makes sure that eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly is part of her day to day routine. CHeBA welcomes Katrina and are thrilled to have her as part of the team!
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.