Dementia numbers are on the rise, increasing 16% during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It takes more lives than prostate and breast cancer combined. While there may not yet be a cure for this disease, there are some steps you can take to prevent it.

Exercise.

A lack of regular physical activity can increase your risk for heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes which are all directly linked to a higher risk of dementia. Doing at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week can help improve cognitive ability. Activities can include, brisk walking, running, cycling, yoga.

Heart-healthy diet.

What’s good for your heart is also good for your brain. Avoiding foods high in saturated fat, salt, sugar, or low fiber, can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Opting for more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish can be helpful in preventing dementia.

Avoid alcohol and tobacco.

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to many things. Damaging your nervous system, including your brain, being one of them. Smoking tobacco raises your blood pressure and increases the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Staying involved socially, and taking care of your mental health.

Attending community activities, church, and other group settings can relieve stress, improve your mood, and even help your brain’s ability to cope with the disease. Finding activities to challenge your brains, such as puzzles, crosswords, arts and crafts, reading books, and card games can develop your thinking skills and reduce your risk of dementia.

While your genes may also be a risk factor for dementia, taking these steps can decrease your risk and help you live a long, healthy life. Collier Home Care can assist with the preventative steps above as we are experts in taking care of those that already suffer from Dementia or are at risk of developing Dementia. Contact us now and learn about keeping your loved ones safe!