More than one in five people wrongly believe that dementia is an inevitable part of getting older.
While genetics are responsible to a degree, research shows that lifestyle also plays a major part. Diet, drinking, smoking and lack of exercise all play a part in it’s development while keeping the brain active and leading a healthy life can delay the onset and maybe even stop it altogether. There is a clear need for better dementia awareness.
More people are affected with this condition than ever before and it is estimated that 50% of us know someone with this condition. It’s the UK’s biggest killer and prevention is becoming important and education in healthy lifestyle choices aims to make England a leading light in it’s prevention.
Recent research also points to loneliness, hearing loss and a sedentary lifestyle as being major high risk factors.
Regular moderate exercise is recommended, thirty minutes per day, five times a week, which will also improve vascular health.
Exercising like this can bring many health benefits, you don’t have to go to the gym, it could be brisk walking or cycling, but make sure it is enjoyable. You could join a walking group or even go dancing with friends, or simply take the stairs instead of the lift.
A healthy balanced diet is also vital, after all, we are what we eat!