Reducing the Risk for Dementia

December 23rd, 2014 by admin

Research continues making advancements in our understanding of Alzheimer’s. The strongest risk factors are age and family history. No sure-fire cure exists, but research supporting suggestions for possibly preventing or at least attempting to delay its onset do exist: 1) Keep your mind active using stimulating activities such as puzzles and word games; 2) Stay physically and socially active; 3) Quit smoking; 4) Lower your blood pressure, since high blood pressure may lead to damaging effects on the brain that increase risk; 5) Keep pursuing education—there is some evidence that a lower incidence rate of dementia exists among persons who have more education; 6) Maintain a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in fish and other foods; and 7) Get quality restorative (deep) sleep.

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