5 Ways to reduce the risk of dementia

Dementia is characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills that affect a person's ability to perform everyday activities.
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In the Asia Pacific region, the number of people with dementia is estimated to increase from 23 million people in 2015 to 71 million people by the year 2050.

There are several ways to avoid dementia:

Cognitive training

There is evidence that everyone can reduce the risk of dementia by trying new things as they get older. Learning new skills and partaking in daily intellectual activity such as doing crossword puzzles are all thought to have neuroprotective effects.

Keep to normal sleep patterns

Taking steps to deal with any sleep problems could reduce your chances of getting dementia.

Don’t smoke

Scientists have found smoking to increase the risk of cognitive decline in old age.  One study showed that middle-aged people who smoked more than two packs a day more than doubled their risk of later-life dementia.

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Stay sociable

Studies have shown that individuals who maintain a larger social network into old age tend to have better cognitive functions and a reduced risk of cognitive decline.

Keep active

Regular or even mild exercise such as walking can preserve your faculties in later life. Studies showed older individuals who began a regular exercise programme experienced improved cognitive function.

Ummi Lulu
Journalist at News Asia Today. From Indonesia. I write about life, tech, and business related topics happening in Asia.