Aged people have been advised to modify their diet with coconut oil and fruits to avoid dementia associated with old age.
A Consultant Neurologist at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Dr. Temitope Farounbi gave the advice in Ibadan during a sensitization programme organised by Geriatric Centre of the institution.
Dr. Farounbi explained that the use of coconut oil in cooking for the elderly, consumption of fruits and regular exercise would facilitate the flow of blood and other nutrients to the brain and other parts of the body.
The Director of U.C.H. Geriatric Centre, Dr. Olufemi Olowokere said dementia could be caused by genetic factor, food and drugs taken overtime.
In an interview, the Chief Medical Director, U.C.H. Professor Temitope Alonge said dancing as a form of exercise was key in keeping the elderly healthy.
Some of the elderly and caregivers who spoke to Radio Nigeria said the centre had greatly impacted positively on their lives.