Although approximately 10% of people over the age of 65, 25% of those over 85 and up to 50% of those over age 95 are affected by dementia, recent research and information obtained from Dr. Maree Farrow, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Tasmania’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, has suggested that there are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of being diagnosed with this crippling condition.
Dementia itself is not a single disease; instead, it is classified as a range of conditions that result in a loss of normal mental functioning, as people get older. Although age is a risk factor, dementia is not completely inevitable.
#1 – Keep Mentally Active
Research has shown that people who have mentally stimulating hobbies or jobs will have a lower chance of falling prone to dementia as they age. As a result, it is crucial to ensure that you do your best to learn something new as often as possible.
#2 – Stay Physically Active
Keeping physically active will help ensure that your brain continues to grow new cells and regenerate new connections between brain cells as well. Physical activity also helps boost the levels of various chemicals that are responsible for keeping brain cells healthy.
#3 – Eat a Balanced Diet
Ensure that you consume a balanced diet that consists of healthy portions of fruit, vegetables and lean meats.
#4 – Remain Socially Active
It is essential to keep up with social appointments and making new friends and connections, as you grow older. This also enables you to exercise your brain because of having to remember names and faces.
#5 – Keep an Eye on Key Numbers
it is essential to keep a watch on blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure figures to ensure that they remain within the healthy range. If your blood vessels are unhealthy, they will not be able to provide your brain with the blood flow it needs to keep it fit and healthy.