How Can I Reduce My Risk of Dementia?

As you get older, it becomes more common for those around you to start experiencing memory troubles or develop different forms of dementia. You might begin to wonder if and when this will happen to you!

Memory conditions and dementia can be scary to think about, but there are a few things you can do to support your brain throughout your life to reduce your risk.

Dementia affects over 55 million people worldwide, making it a really common condition that affects the older population. Read on as our AFC Urgent Care Hixson team explains more about dementia and how to support your mind as you get older.

How Does Dementia Attack Your Memory?

Dementia is the big umbrella term that encompasses all kinds of memory conditions. Alzheimer’s is included in this category and is actually the most common form of dementia, making up to 80% of all cases.

Dementia causes extensive damage to specific brain cells. This damage prevents your cells from communicating with each other, which makes it harder to do normal things like think critically, recall memories and control your emotions. It can start out with something simple like constantly misplacing your keys, and it can progress all the way to violent outbursts and personality changes.

Common Dementia Symptoms

  • Misplacing items frequently
  • Deepening confusion of events and people
  • Mood and behavior changes
  • Difficulty speaking, walking or swallowing

Can Dementia Be Prevented?

Dementia has a genetic factor, so it cannot be 100% avoided. Once you become 65 or older, your risk also increases. However, you can support your brain through your lifestyle choices right now! Regular exercise and a healthy diet are key to ensuring your brain has what it needs to stay sharp.

You should also engage with your brain every day through memory games and critical thinking. Try out different word games, crossword puzzles and even a daily card game with a friend to help support your brain and build neural connections. Support your brain now so it will take care of you later!

Lowering Your Risk of Dementia

  • Consistent exercise throughout life
  • Social engagement with peers and family
  • Well-balanced, healthy diet
  • Stress management throughout life

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can be incredibly isolating. Come to AFC Urgent Care Hixson to meet with our care team.