Lowering Your Risk for Dementia

There are many things you can do to lower your risk of developing dementia. 
Have you had a chance to read our latest blog yet? If so, then you already know that, currently, there is no way to completely prevent all types of dementia. However, they are still doing research on the subject, and many studies have shown that there are things that you can do to reduce your risk for developing dementia. The following is a list from our senior housing experts in Elk Horn of a few things you can do to reduce your risk:

#1. Engage your mind.  Keeping your mind active may help to delay dementia, and it may also help to reduce the symptoms of dementia. Keep your brain engaged and stimulated by doing word games, puzzles and other memory training activities.

#2. Stop smoking.  Lung cancer isn't the only risk that comes with smoking. Studies have shown that older people who smoke have a higher risk of developing dementia. If you quit smoking, you may be able to reduce your risk.

#3. Adjust your diet.  Not only does eating a healthier diet help you stay healthier overall, it can also reduce your risk of dementia. Aim for a diet high in vegetables, fruits and omega 3 fatty acids, which are commonly found in nuts and certain fish.

#4. Start exercising.  Exercise helps to lower many of the risk factors of dementia, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity. Try to exercise for 150 minutes every single week.

#5. Limit alcohol use.  People who drink alcohol heavily  have a higher risk for developing dementia, but one study in the UK found that drinking a moderate amount of alcohol may help to protect the brain. Limit your use of alcohol to lower your risk for developing dementia.

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