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Reduce your risk of developing dementia

Posted on 27/08/2014

Dementia is an illness that many of us fear when it comes to getting older. Despite this, a recent survey by Alzheimer's Society found that 22% of us are unaware that we can reduce our risk of developing dementia through changing our lifestyle in key areas.

Alzheimer's Society has recently released a reminder of the five lifestyle changes that everyone can make to help avoid the onset of dementia. We take a look at these in more detail:

Exercise

It's never too late to start an exercise routine and there are so many options out there that you are sure to find something that works for you. Even regular walking is perfect, but you may prefer a fitness class, dancing, or even a spot of gardening. As long as you're moving, it counts.

Diet

The best diet to follow is a Mediterranean diet, rich in fruit and vegetables, nuts, healthy oils and fats, fish, and a little lean meat.

Health

Make sure that any other health conditions you have are under control, including Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, as these can increase your risk of developing dementia if not properly controlled.

Don't smoke

We all know that smoking is bad for us and it can increase your risk of developing dementia, so that's another good reason to give it up.

Mentally active

It's important to use your brain to keep it healthy. This can mean indulging in a hobby that you enjoy, such as arts and crafts, photography or computing, or you could do puzzles and crosswords.

Alzheimer's Society is organising a number of Memory Walks across the UK, which are walking events to raise both awareness and funds for those suffering with dementia and their carers, as well as to fund research into a cure. With walks of varying lengths to suit everyone, it's a great way to kickstart your lifestyle changes.  

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