Researchers are working to identify risk factors associated with dementia and to find ways of modifying those factors.
Here is a list of risk factors that have been associated with developing dementia:
There are some factors that you cannot change, but some that you can. Therefore, the best prevention is to modify or work on those risk factors that you can influence/ risks factors that are modifiable. It is believed that reducing these risk factors may increase your brain and cognitive reserve.
There is also growing evidence that adopting key lifestyle habits can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Here are eight ways you can be brain healthy. It is never too early or too late to start:
Enhancing Wellness - Information on maintaining physical well-being
Enhancing Communication - Discusses the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication
Living Safely - Read about safety concerns related to driving, safety at home, and more
Safety When Out and About - Learn about strategies to help you when out from getting lost
Living and Transforming with Loss and Grief - This guide provides tips and strategies offered by persons with dementia and their partners in care in the hope that these will help others experiencing feelings of loss and grief
The By Us For Us© Guides (BUFU guides) are a series of guides created by a group of talented and passionate people living with dementia and care partners. The guides are designed to provide people living with dementia and their care partners the necessary tools to enhance their well-being and manage daily challenges. What makes these guides unique is that they are created BY people living with dementia and care partners, FOR people living with dementia and care partners.
We Would also like to thank Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program - for allowing us to share the BUFU Guides. For more information visit their site here.