Taiwanese Seniors Advised to Chew to Prevent Dementia

The elderly are advised to maintain their chewing ability as a way to prevent dementia, an idea proposed a few years ago that was promoted at a press event in Taiwan on Wednesday (Jan. 15).

The Taiwan Advanced Cultural Association (TACA) joined Mars Taiwan in holding an event to raise public awareness on the importance of oral health among seniors. The company donated NT$300,000 (US$10,019) to the Federation for the Welfare of the Elderly at the event, and a total of 300 senior citizens were taught to perform oral exercises by faculty and students from National Yang-Ming University.

The public is also invited to view a YouTube video titled “Happy Chewing, Healthy Aging.” The clip was sponsored by Japan’s Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc to drive home the message that one’s chewing ability may have an impact on cognitive function.

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