Experts agree that in the vast majority of cases, Alzheimer’s and dementia, (like other common chronic conditions), probably develop as a result of complex interactions among multiple factors, including age, genetics, environment, lifestyle, and coexisting medical conditions. Although some risk factors – such as age or genes – cannot be changed, other risk factors, such as high blood pressure and lack of exercise, usually can be changed to help reduce risk.
5 ways to reduce your risk of dementia:
- 1. Keep blood pressure at a healthy level, don’t smoke
- 2. Exercise regularly – 30 minutes, 5 times a week
- 3. Eat a healthy, balanced diet – limit sugar, saturated fat, and salt
- 4. Give your brain a daily workout – puzzles, reading, crosswords, try another language!
- 5. Socialize – join a group, or start your own book or walking club!
When in doubt – get checked out!
Almost half of Canadians affected by dementia wait too long to be diagnosed. People with dementia can live meaningful and productive lives for many years after an early diagnosis. Dementia diagnosed early, helps both the person and family members to learn about the disease, set realistic expectations and plan for their future together. There are many benefits to an early diagnosis. If you are concerned about any of your or a loved one’s symptoms, go to your doctor. If you don’t receive the help you need, ask to see a specialist.
For more information and for supports in our province, contact the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories
Tel: (780) 488-2266
Toll-free: 1-866-950-5465 (AB and NWT only)