Dementia: Reducing your risk

This booklet from Alzheimer’s Society ells you about dementia and its different risk factors – the things that increase a person’s chance of developing dementia. You may not have realised that you can reduce your risk of dementia. Although there are some risk factors you can’t change, there are lots that you can. There’s no way to guarantee that you won’t get dementia, but by taking the steps suggested in this booklet you can make it less likely.

If you’re in your 40s, 50s or 60s, reading this booklet is a great place to start. However the suggestions are useful for anyone looking to find out what causes dementia and the small changes you can make to help prevent it.

There are some risk factors like age and genetics that you can’t change. However, for the ones you can, it’s important to take control of your health and lifestyle. There are still lots of things you can do to reduce your risk of developing dementia. There is good evidence that doing the following six things will help.  1. Be physically active 2. Eat healthily 3. Don’t smoke 4. Drink less alcohol 5. Exercise your mind 6. Take control of your health

By making some of these changes, you’ll reduce your chances of developing dementia and a number of other conditions. If you’d like to know more about dementia visit

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