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Lifestyle Changes that May Help Lower Your Risk for Dementia

Many factors may influence your risk of dementia, including your genes, environment, and lifestyle. You can’t change some factors, but as with many diseases, there may be steps you can take to help lower your risk of dementia. Consider incorporating these healthy behaviors into your lifestyle:

  • Eat a healthy diet. Aim for a mix of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and seafood, unsaturated fats such as olive oil, and low-fat or nonfat dairy products. Try to limit other fats and sugars.
  • Stay mentally active. Participate in activities that can help keep your mind active, including reading, taking up a new hobby, learning a new skill, working or volunteering, and socializing.
  • Take care of your mental and physical health. This includes getting your recommended health screenings, managing chronic health issues such as depression or high cholesterol, and regularly checking in with a health care provider.
  • Connect with family and friends. Connecting with people and engaging in social activities can prevent social isolation and loneliness, which are linked to higher risks for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

Learn about more heathy lifestyle choices that may help reduce your risk for dementia.

Published by Chrishun Brown

Communications Manager for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

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