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This 68-year-old man climbs a mountain every single day to slow Alzheimer's

Country Living UK logo Country Living UK 17/05/2017 Emma-Louise Pritchard

This 68-year-old man climbs a mountain every single day to slow Alzheimer's © Getty This 68-year-old man climbs a mountain every single day to slow Alzheimer's When it comes to preventing Alzheimer's and dementia, it can be hard to unravel the wealth of news and research advising us on what to do more of, less of, eat, drink and think in order to protect ourselves from these degenerative diseases.

But this next story, from 68-year-old Sion Jair, has truly inspired us to keep our brains sharp - firstly because it involves two of our favourite things, walking and nature and, secondly, because it's an incredibly powerful account.

Mr Jair was diagnosed with Alzheimer's four years ago after he noticed he was feeling confused on a regular basis. But, instead of allowing his diagnosis to take over his life, the dad of one has adopted a pro-active attitude to keep his brain and body active and healthy.

Mr Jair climbs a mountain every single day – the 2,634ft The Old man of Coniston in the Lake District where he has lived for 17 years, to be exact.

© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc In an inspiring interview with BBC Radio Five Live presenter Nicky Campbell, Mr Jair spoke of his desire to make the most of every day as he doesn't know how many he might have left. Pulling together the strength he once used to battle chronic fatigue syndrome and his lifelong love of climbing, he knew the mountain was the best way to make sure he seized the moment every day.

Speaking of his daily climbs, Jair said, "I could do it blindfolded I reckon!"

He then went on to describe how this daily activity helps him both mentally and physically. "It helps me to think and helps me to concentrate. When you are coming down and having to think about where you put your feet it helps me. If I sit around and do nothing my mind goes blank.

"You just get up every day and appreciate what you have got that day. It concentrates the mind to what is happening that day."

Interviewer Nicky Campbell was so moved after the interview that he was almost reduced to tears live on air.

"We do a lot of political interviews on this show but I haven't heard so much sense spoken for a while." Campbell summarised. "You've inspired us all and made us all want (to) climb a mountain and smell the fresh air. What a guy, oh my goodness."

He then had to ask his co-presenter to "say something."

Mr Jair also shared some advice with people in a similar situation to him. "I know there are a lot of people who have Alzheimer's who couldn't do what I do physically," he said. "But to them I would say do something you have done before and do it again."

What a lovely, inspirational story. You can listen to the full interview here.

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