Many Senior Citizens Do Not Know How
to Lower Dementia Risk
Alzheimer’s Society of
U.K. emphasizes five simple things older people can do to avoid dementia
Five Simple Steps to Avoid
Sept. 14, 2014 -
Alzheimer’s disease is the affliction feared most by a majority of
senior citizens but a new study in the U.K. finds a surprisingly large
number of seniors are unaware that it is possible to lower their risk of
More than a fifth of
people, in fact, do not think it is possible to reduce their risk of
developing dementia, according to the YouGov poll commissioned by
Alzheimer’s Society of the United Kingdom.
evidence that simple lifestyle factors can improve our chances of
avoiding dementia, the poll found that 22 percent of the general public
are unaware of this and could be putting themselves at risk.
Alzheimer's Society is
calling on people to take action now and has revealed five simple things
people can start doing straight away to reduce their risk of the
The most important of
which is to take regular exercise. The results and tips are released as
Alzheimer's Society encourages people to sign up to its annual flagship
fundraising event, Memory Walk.
Alzheimer's Society Ambassador and presenter of ITV's This Morning and
Loose Women, said:
'My wonderful dad had
dementia, so naturally I have concerns that I might get it too. Like a
worrying number of us, I didn't realize until recently that there are
simple things you can do to reduce your risk, such as exercising
regularly. Now I try to eat healthily, keep active and go on long walks
with our dog, Maggie. This September I'm bringing my dog to Alzheimer's
Society's Memory Walk as it's the perfect way to get some gentle
exercise, whilst raising money for the charity and remembering dad.'
recommends the following five simple things you can start doing now to
reduce your risk of developing the condition:
- There's more evidence that regular exercise will prevent dementia than
for any other measure we might take. Walking regularly is an excellent
way of keeping active.
>> Eat Mediterranean
food - Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, fish, olive oil and nuts, a
little red wine and not much meat or dairy.
>> Manage other
health conditions – Other conditions like
type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure both increase your risk of
developing dementia, so get these checked and follow medical advice to
keep them under control.
>> Avoid smoking
- it significantly increases your risk of developing dementia, most
likely because it damages blood vessels and reduces the amount of blood
that reaches your brain.
>> Use it or lose
it – Scientists believe that frequently
challenging your brain with new things is the key, for example taking up
a new hobby, learning a language or even walking an unfamiliar route.
Dr. Clare Walton from
Alzheimer's Society said, “800,000 people in the UK have a form of
dementia but with no cure yet, we need a significant public health
effort to attempt to reduce the number of future cases of the condition.
“We know that what is
good for your heart is good for your head and there are simple things
you can start doing now to reduce your risk of developing dementia.
Regular exercise is a good place to start as well as avoiding smoking
and eating a Mediterranean diet.
“It is never too early
to start making healthier choices that could help your memory - whether
that's hitting the gym or just walking instead of catching the bus, it
Memory Walks take
place around the UK throughout the autumn to raise money for people
affected by dementia and their careers. It is a day to walk, share and
celebrate someone special and everyone walks with one common goal: to
defeat dementia. From shorter walks no longer than a mile to walks as
far as 10k there is something on offer for everyone.
Memory Walk is
Alzheimer's Society's flagship fundraising event. The walks take place
across the UK this autumn to raise money for people affected by dementia
and their care givers
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the
corresponding fund-raising event in the U.S. sponsored by the
Alzheimer’s Association –
click to website.
The U.S. Alzheimer’s Association has a
24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900 and their website is at
The UK Alzheimer's
Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11
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