Dementia affects about 800,000 people in the UK.
The risk of developing it increases as you get older, and is more common in people over the age of 65.
Dementia is progressive. This means that the symptoms will change and get more serious over time. In the much later stages, people may be able to do less for themselves and may find it harder to communicate.
This is why it’s important to go to your GP as soon as you recognise symptoms such as memory loss, confusion or changes in personality.
Can it be prevented?
Some risk factors are difficult or impossible to change, such as age and your genes. However, experts agree that what’s good for your heart is also good for your brain. This means you can help reduce your risk by:
- eating a healthy, balanced diet
- maintaining a healthy weight
- moving more
- keeping alcohol to a minimum
- stopping smoking
- keeping blood pressure at a healthy level
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