Risk and Prevention

Not all forms of dementia are preventable. However, there are many things that people can do to reduce their risk of developing dementia. Scientific evidence suggests that adopting a healthy diet, staying physically, socially and mentally active, not smoking and drinking in moderation all may help reduce your risks of developing certain types of dementia.

Whilethere is no certain way to prevent dementia, here are some steps you can take that might help.

We know that leading a healthy lifestyle can help. Here are some simple everyday steps you can take to lessen your chance of developing dementia:

Get Active – every adult should aim to squeeze in 150 minutes of physical activity into their week – this works out at 30mins / 5 times a week. It’s even better if you can bring a friend for a walk, dance, do a spot of gardening as this social interaction may delay the onset of dementia.

QUIT smoking – it’s hard to quit smoking but it can be done and it’s one more way to lower your risk. The HSE’s QUIT Team can double your chances of quitting, give them a ring on 1800 201 203 or text them for free on 50100.

Healthy eating – eating well is important for us all.  A balanced diet that is rich in vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, dairy, lean meats, poultry and fish is a good starting point.  Eating healthy food combined with reducing alcohol consumption are great ways to lower your risk.

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