Lowering Your Risk of Dementia
Published on 17th February 2016
"Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start before you get there"
Lowering your risk of dementia
The biggest risk factor for dementia is age - the older you are the more likely you are to develop the condition, but it is not a natural, inevitable part of ageing. If a close family member develops dementia, it doesn't necessarily mean that you will too. Leading a healthy lifestyle can lower your risk of developing dementia.
Lead a healthy lifestyle:
- Eat a healthy diet. A low-fat, high-fibre diet including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and wholegrains.
- Stay Active. Exercise regularly. If you are unable to exercise, other activities like gardening and housework can help keep you healthy.
- Mental activity and wellbeing. Keep mentally active. Learning new skills or joining clubs can also be a good way to connect with other people and improve mental wellbeing, helping you to feel happier and more positive in life.
- Don't drink too much alcohol. Stick to the recommended daily limits for alcohol (3-4 units for men and 2-3 units for women).
- Stop smoking (if you smoke).
- Keep your blood pressure at a healthy level. High blood pressure in mid-life increases the chances of developing dementia in later life.