There are several steps you can take to help prevent dementia or at least delay its development. Most importantly, you have to actively use your brain. Simply doing crossword puzzles or reading regularly can help delay symptoms of dementia. So can working out and eating healthy. Controlling conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can actually help prevent dementia, and people who have been properly vaccinated have a much lower risk of developing the disorder as well.
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Dementia is hard to prevent, because what causes it often is not known. But people who have dementia caused by stroke may be able to prevent future declines by lowering their risk of heart disease and stroke. Even if you don't have these known risks, your overall health can benefit from these strategies:
- Treat or prevent high blood pressure.
- Don't smoke.
- Stay at a healthy weight. This also reduces your risk of diabetes, another risk factor for dementia.
- Keep your cholesterol in the normal range.
- Get plenty of exercise.
- Stay mentally alert by learning new hobbies, reading or solving crossword puzzles.
- Stay involved socially. Attend community activities, church or support groups.
- If your doctor recommends it, take aspirin.
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