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Mind Matter: Daily Habits for Lowering Risk of Dementia

While there is a lot that we still don’t know about dementia, it’s important to arm ourselves with the information that we do know about this disease. For our seniors and aging relatives, we want to recognize and encourage behaviors that will not only create a healthier lifestyle but also lower the risk of developing dementia.

What is dementia?
Dementia is a brain disease that affects a person’s memory or thought processes. Additionally, dementia can also affect a person’s personality, communication abilities and other mental functions of daily living. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.

Who is at risk?
Anyone can develop dementia, but some people may be at a higher risk than others. For example, those who are 65 years or older, certain minority groups, including Hispanic or African American adults and women tend to be at a higher risk.

What can I do to lower my risk of dementia?
There are many daily factors to focus on that can help lower your risk of dementia, including:

  • Managing high blood pressure – Talk to your doctor about ways to manage high blood pressure through medication and lifestyle behaviors.
  • Not smoking – For smokers, counseling and medication and help with quitting the habit for good.
  • Being physically active – Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day can have a big impact on overall well-being.
  • Preventing diabetes and heart disease – Talk to your doctor about your family history and risk factors for these conditions and ways to treat them with medication and lifestyle changes.

Take charge of your brain health today through small, healthy lifestyle changes. Not only can these changes make a big difference in your daily life, but they can also lower the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s and related conditions. You can also lower your risk for other chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

“Reducing Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Sept. 2022,