Reduce The Risk Of Dementia
While there is no way to prevent all types of dementia, studies have shown that there are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing dementia.
Tips To Keep Mind Active
These are some tips on how you can keep your mind active and lower the risk of developing dementia.
Exercising regularly will make your heart and blood circulatory system more efficient. It will also help to lower cholesterol and maintain your blood pressure at a healthy level, decreasing the risk of developing vascular dementia.
Be physically and socially active. Physical activity and social interaction may delay the onset of dementia.
Keep your mind active. Mentally stimulating activities, such as puzzles, Sudoku and other word games serve as cognitive training that may offset or delay the setting in of dementia.
Maintain a healthy diet. Having a healthy diet is important for many reasons, but a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids – commonly found in certain fish and nuts – may promote overall health and offset or delay the setting in of dementia.
Do You Know?
1 in 10 seniors above the age of 60 years old has dementia.
Persons Living With Dementia Lose The Ability To:
- Think and reason
- Remember new information or recall past events
- Care for oneself
- Learn new information and skills
- Problem-solve and make judgements
Dementia can affect adults of any age, but it is more common in those aged 65 and above.
Today, there are 28,000 people aged 60 years and above with dementia. By 2030, there will be over 150,000 persons with dementia. In the recent Well-being of the Singapore Elderly (WiSE) nationwide study, the prevalence of dementia was found to be 10% in the elderly population aged 60 years and above.
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