Tips For Reducing Dementia Risk

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There are more than a dozen risk factors that people can address, Dr. Petersen says. Image for illustration purposes
There are more than a dozen risk factors that people can address, Dr. Petersen says. Image for illustration purposes

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 By Mayo Clinic 

Newswise — ROCHESTER, Minnesota — More than 55 million people worldwide are believed to be living with dementia, according to the World Health Organization. Ronald Petersen, M.D., a neurologist and director of Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, says you can’t prevent dementia, but you can reduce your risk.

Dementia is not one disease, but instead a term for a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.

There are more than a dozen risk factors that people can address, Dr. Petersen says.

“They include blood pressuresmokingobesity and diabetes,” Dr. Petersen says. “Sleep is an important factor. Many people have difficulty sleeping, for a variety of reasons, as they age.”

Heavy alcohol use, hearing loss and air pollution also may be risk factors.

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“If you attack one or more of these, you can actually reduce your risk of developing cognitive impairment as you age.”

Dr. Petersen says it is important to stay active — physically, socially and intellectually.

  • Exercise.
  • Read books.
  • Go to lectures.
  • See family and friends.

And have your hearing checked, he adds.

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