6 things to know about dementia

Dementia is a neurocognitive disorder affecting memory, language, and logical reasoning. Apart from ageing, there are 12 risks that can be modified through lifestyle changes to prevent dementia in elderly.

What is dementia?

Though it’s never too late to start working on reducing the risks, it must be done when you’re healthy with no signs of memory issues.

Start when you’re healthy!

Being physically inactive, smoking, drinking excessive alcohol, air pollution, head injury, infrequent social contact and receiving a low level of education in early life can put you at risk.

So, what are the risks?

Having obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, depression, and hearing impairment, increases the risk of dementia.

When are you at a higher risk?

Keeping one’s mind active and busy, modifying lifestyle to prevent or control metabolic diseases helps in reducing the risks. Using hearing aids for hearing issues seems to have reduced the risk.

How to prevent?

Those with hypertension, obesity, and diabetes are at risk of dementia and they need to start early screening for dementia. Start screening in 40s and 50s to manage it better.

Screening for dementia

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