Dementia, a general term to describe decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example; with Alzheimer being the most common type of dementia. While there is no absolute way to prevent all types of dementia, living a healthy lifestyle can help lower the risk of developing dementia as we age. It can also help to prevent cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and heart attacks.
To reduce your risk of developing dementia and other serious health conditions, we would highly recommend that you take note of the followings:
Keep your mind active – The main objective is to participate in mentally stimulating activities to train up the brain. Activities such as puzzles, word games and memory training can help to delay the onset of dementia and help decrease its impact.
Be Physically & Socially Active – Physical activities and social interaction can help to reduce depression, which is closely associated with the risk of developing dementia. Great activities includes volunteering, participate activities with community centers, joining an interest groups.
Monitoring Your Blood Pressure – High blood pressure in mid-life significantly increases the likelihood of developing dementia later on. If you are over the age of 40 you should monitor your blood pressure regularly and follow medical advice to keep it under control.
Maintaining a Healthy Diet – A healthy balanced diet allows a person to maintain a normal body weight, which helps to reduce the chance of developing high blood pressure or heart disease. Both illnesses can increase a greater risk of developing dementia. Consuming a well balanced diet with high proportion of oily fish, fruit, vegetables, unrefined cereals such as whole-grain bread and olive oil, and low levels of red meat and sweets – may help to reduce the risk of dementia. Pork is also considered red meat.
Quit Smoking – Smoking has an extremely harmful impact on the heart, lungs and blood vessels, including the blood vessels in the brain. Research has again demonstrated that smokers have 50% higher chances of developing dementia than non-smokers. However the great new is, quitting the habit can significantly reduce the risk.