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 Reference diabetes Opens New Window, 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.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 11, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Peter J. Whitehouse, MD - Neurology