What Can You Do Now To Avoid Dementia Later In Life?


Dementia-related conditions affect a significant percentage of the population when they reach old age. When that happens, there is a reasonable chance that you might require around the clock care, and so in many cases, loved ones will have no alternative other than to put you into residential care. While dementia is still somewhat of a mystery, experts claim there are many ways in which individuals can reduce their chances of contracting the condition. With that in mind, there are some tips below that you might want to consider. You’re still not guaranteed to avoid dementia, but at least you’ll stand the best chance possible of remaining in perfect health.

Exercise and consume a healthy diet

Most specialists agree that a regular exercise routine and a healthy diet will assist you when it comes to avoiding dementia in later life. People who live a healthy lifestyle and manage to remain active decrease the chances of becoming ill. Considering that, now is the best time to turn your habits around and implement a better life strategy. Maybe you could join a local gym or start running around the streets in your hometown every day? You might also think about searching online for diet and meal recommendations. There are thousands of websites that contain excellent recipes you can use.


Avoid alcohol and illegal drugs

Experts claim that alcohol and drug use can increase the chances of someone developing dementia-related conditions in later life. Indeed, those substances can make someone get symptoms of dementia much earlier than they otherwise would have done. If you don’t know about some of the warning signs, you can find out more at www.lewybodyresourcecenter.org/what-is-lbd/symptoms and similar sites. It’s vital that you understand the symptoms because that’s the only way you will know how to spot them when they occur.


Remove yourself from stressful situations

Stressful situations can make people susceptible to many different mental illnesses and issues. Dementia is no exception. You can find out more about that at https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2012/06/29/could-stress-lead-to-dementia-yes-but-read-this-before-you-panic/ and other sites. If you want to live a long and healthy life, you’ll have to get used to identifying stress and removing it from your reality. For instance, maybe you have a job that causes you headaches all the time? Perhaps you’re stuck in a relationship that has an adverse effect on both of the people involved? You have to sort those problems out and find happiness if you want to avoid dementia-related conditions as much as possible.

Now you know about some of the ways in which you can improve your routine and lifestyle in the hope of avoiding dementia; you just have to put some of this advice into action. There is no time like the present, and you shouldn’t hesitate if you want to keep your independence for as long as possible when you reach old age. There are many different types of dementia that you might contract, and so it’s always worth spending some time online researching each of them. That way, you can work out which sort of dementia might affect you, and put steps in place that should help you to remain healthy. Good luck!


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11 thoughts on “What Can You Do Now To Avoid Dementia Later In Life?

  1. A wonderful and informative post. My sister was disgnosed with Dementia at 72. It ‘s a fact that alchohol plays a big part. My sister was a big wine drinker. Didn’t really exercise physically but mentally with 4 energized sons. It breaks my hreart to see my older sister like this. She has it bad now. They also say reading, working on puzzles is an exercisre for the brain . Thanks for this post.
    Carol L
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  2. Dementia is something that we need to pay attention to. This is such a great way to learn how we can avoid it. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Great post, very informative. I don’t drink but my goals for the year have been to take up exercise and I should probably stress less than I have been – although it has been a difficult couple of years! Haha. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Sometimes we have tough years. My husband and I are on the upside of some tough years and it can be hard to change our thinking when the going is good we still stress and tend to be negative. I find keeping a gratitude journal helps me think more positively and stress less.

  4. The first two tips are relatively easy to do, but the stress part? That is difficult. I find that no matter how much I avoid stress and stressful situations, it seems to find a way to get back to me. If I can only build a force field and stay inside it with all of my happy thoughts, I would!

  5. Thanks for this informative post. We try to eat healthy, I only wish we were more consistent. It sure is very tempting to bite into a juicy, greasy burger! I will do my best to keep these tips in mind. Dementia comes with age, but I don’t want it earlier than it should be.

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