3 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

By | May 12, 2017

In 2031, the baby boomer generation will begin turning 85 – and more than 3 million of them will have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. Despite the best efforts of researchers around the globe there is still no cure, but there are things you can do today that may help reduce your risk of developing dementia.

_K0C6512Avoid stress

Overthe years there have been many studies that link high anxiety with the development of dementia. This is especially true of those who are already at high risk for the disease either genetically or because of certain physical conditionslike high blood pressure or diabetes. Examine your situation and determine what your main stressors are, and then develop a plan to eliminate as many of them as possible. Then, find ways to do more of the things you love. It could be anything from gardening to world travel, but the more time you spend on these things the better your overall health will be.

Quit bad habits

Put down the cigarettes! If you are a smoker, you have a 45% higher risk of developing dementia than a non-smoker of the same age. Also, up to 14% of all dementia cases could possibly be attributed to smoking. Eat more fish and berries and less fast food. Fish, especially salmon, is high in omega-3 fatty acids which build new cell membranesin the brain, control blood clots, and slow Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Berries contain high levels of compounds that fight memory impairment and reduce plaque development in the brain.

Stay connected

Maintaining strong social connections with friends and family, and keeping your brain active, could lower the risk of dementia. This is an area that is still being studied, but experts think that social and mental stimulation strengthen the connections between the brain and nerve cells. If you or a loved one are thinking of making a move to a retirement community like Primrose, it is easy to stay connected. There is always something going on to keep our residents active, and new friendships and social opportunities abound.

If you have questions about senior living, we would be honored to assist you. Just go to www.primroseretirement.com for additional information and to find the Primrose community closest to you.

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