Dementia is a progressive decline in mental ability, affecting memory, thinking, judgment, attention span, and learning. Although dementia usually develops after the age of 60, often due to Alzheimer’s disease, it is not a natural part of aging. To slow down the progression of dementia, try the following lifestyle changes:
- Maintain a positive attitude. A positive emotional state may help ward off cognitive decline. Social ties, involvement in church and community, and meaningful relationships all seem to be protective.
- Keep your blood pressure under control. High blood pressure is the strongest risk factor for multi-infarct dementia (tiny strokes) – a common cause of dementia.
- Exercise regularly. Help slow memory loss by maintaining good circulation with regular aerobic exercise.
- Keep your mind active. Combine physical and mental exercise: sing familiar songs while walking or read the newspaper while riding a stationary exercise bike.
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