Dementia Risk Reduction

There's no certain way to prevent all types of dementia – researchers are still investigating how the disease develops.

However, there's good evidence that a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of developing dementia when you're older.

It can also help prevent cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and heart attacks, which are themselves risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, the most common types of dementia.

Risk factors for dementia

A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of developing a condition.

Some dementia risk factors are difficult or impossible to change. These include:

  • Age: the older you are, the more likely you are to develop dementia. However, dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing.
  • Genes: by and large, genes alone are not thought to cause dementia. Although certain genetic factors are involved with some more unusual forms of dementia, for the most part dementia develops as a combination of genetic and "environmental" factors, such as smoking and lack of regular exercise.
  • Lower levels of education.

In addition, the latest research suggests that other factors are also important. These include:

  • hearing loss 
  • untreated depression 
  • loneliness or social isolation 
  • a sedentary lifestyle

The research concluded that by modifying the risk factors we are able change, our risk of dementia could be reduced by up to 30%.

Experts agree that what's good for your heart is also good for your brain. This means you can help reduce your risk of dementia by:

  • eating a healthy, balanced diet 
  • maintaining a healthy weight 
  • exercising regularly 
  • keeping alcohol to a minimum 
  • stopping smoking 
  • keeping blood pressure at a healthy level

Source - NHS Choices

This following has been collated to promote the 30% risk reduction we can change 

Dementia Action Week - (21 -28 May 2018)

Promotion of One You

The 'One You' health and well-being messages provides a great way to engage people about lifestyle behaviours and encourage them to make positive changes to their health.

One You Local Health Champion Kit is available to download via the PHE Campaign Resource Centre

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/44/resources/1716

A One You Apps poster is available to download via the PHE Campaign Resource Centre

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/44/resources/1952

The links below contain further information to help promote positive health and wellbeing messages on each identified risk reduction area.

  • Further downloadable resources for each lifestyle behaviour 
  • Signposting links to self care and local and national support services through 'MECC Link'