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Reducing your risks

There are many things we're still learning about dementia and its causes. But we do know there are ways to reduce your risk of developing dementia by making a few small changes.

Dementia is one of the biggest global health challenges facing our generation.

 

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How you could reduce your risks

Look after your heart

Don’t smoke. Smoking damages blood vessels and reduces the amount of blood that reaches the brain. A healthy heart means a healthy brain.

Challenge your brain

Taking part in new activities can help build new brain cells and strengthen connections between them. You could try learning a new language, or play chess.

Follow a healthy diet

Eat a balanced diet, including foods high in Vitamin B and Omega 3 such as fruit, veggies and fish which are beneficial for brain health.

Be physically active

Aim for at least 30 minutes of activity, such as brisk walking, five days a week.

Enjoy social activity

Spending time with other people helps keep our minds active and engaged.

 
Use a hearing aid when you experience hearing loss

Hearing loss can result in reduced social engagement.

 
A general rule is what's good for your heart is good for your brain – and it's never too late to start.
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Understanding dementia

Dementia is a progressive intellectual disability. It is caused by the brain being damaged by diseases that get worse over time, and which cannot be treated.

Understanding dementia