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:
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, www.cdc.gov/aging/publications/features/reducing-risk-of-alzheimers-disease/index.htm.