Healthy Habits To Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Dementia
While dementia is fairly common in older Australians, it shouldn’t be accepted as a normal part of ageing. So, here are a few healthy habits you can adopt now, to reduce your risk of developing dementia as you age.
WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
Dementia refers to a handful of symptoms that occur as a direct result of disorders affecting the brain. No two people with dementia experience it the same way. Symptoms can vary from memory loss and confusion, to difficulty with speech and motor skills.
People who are over the age of 65 are more likely to develop dementia than their younger counterparts. But dementia can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background.
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR DEMENTIA RISK
We don’t fully understand what causes dementia. But we do know that genetics, lifestyle, and brain function can all play a part.
While we can’t do much as far as genetics go, we can certainly make a few easy, lifestyle changes, to reduce our risk in the future.
1. Be Mindful
Studies show that mental engagement can reduce your overall risk of developing dementia. So, look after your mind by staying social, regularly learning, varying your daily routine, and engaging in challenging mental activities like puzzles.
2. Stay Active
Regular physical activity increases blood flow to the brain, helping your brain cells grow and connect. On the other hand, lack of physical activity is linked with lower brain function and risk of cognitive decline.
To keep your brain happy and healthy, and to reduce your risk of brain-related conditions (such as dementia), try to complete the recommended amount of daily exercise for older adults (30 minutes per day). If you live with limited mobility or reduced fitness, do what you can. Even a short walk or a few chair-based exercises can make a big difference!
3. Eat Well
Eating a balanced diet is great for your overall health, but it can also help protect your body from dementia. Many conditions that affect your heart and blood vessels (like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure), also increase your risk of developing dementia. So, ward off dementia by keeping your heart healthy and your blood flowing, with a varied and balanced diet.
Note: consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.
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