Factors that Might Increase Your Risk for Dementia

Factors that Might Increase Your Risk for Dementia

Factors that Might Increase Your Risk for Dementia

Last month, BBC published an article detailing the different factors that lead to dementia. This information is not meant to be discouraging but enlightening, so you can decrease your risk as you age. The factors boil down to one thing: Take good care of yourself.

Here are the different things you can look out for:

According to a recent study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, here are nine factors that contribute to dementia in old age [1]:

  • Hearing Loss
  • Failing to pursue secondary education
  • Smoking
  • Not seeking treatment for depression
  • Being inactive
  • Not socializing
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes

Being aware of all of these factors throughout your life, and ensuring that you avoid some of these, may have profound impacts on your mental health in old age. Of course, there is not deterministic relationship between these factors and dementia, but they are still risk factors and should be given some weight.

Some things you can do to take preventative measures against dementia are the following:

  • Keep learning: Even if you never went to college, there are so many things on the internet available to further your education for free! If you have an interest, pursue it! It will help keep your mind sharp and will keep you current!
  • Exercise: Exercise is very important for the continued maintenance of your physical health. Exercising also has benefits for your mental health, as well. It increases blood flow to your brain and endorphins released to keep you feeling happy
  • Eat healthily: Stay away from heavily processed foods and fast foods. You can eat them on occasion, but it is best to eat a diet that emphasizes vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and lean proteins (like fish and chicken).
  • Take care of your mind: This is one of the most important things to consider. If you ever feel symptoms of anxiety and depression that hinder your daily life, it is important to seek professional help. Many people avoid seeing a psychotherapist because there is still a stigma around mental illness. Seeing a therapist can be one of the most important things for you to overcome any mental disorders you are experiencing.
  • Socialize: Human beings are social beings. We have to socialize to survive. Being lonely can contribute to feelings of depression, as well. However, some people have a hard time socializing. Something that helps make socializing easier is finding things in common with people. This can be easily done if you join a local organization that partakes in activities that you enjoy. For instance, if you like cooking, see if there are clubs in the area where you can take cooking classes. This will help you meet new people and initiate social relationships.

Taking care of your mind is important as you age. So it is crucial to be aware of what contributes to dementia that can affect us later in life. If you have any more questions, feel free to call us at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.

[1] Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40655566

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