As we get older we can experience changes to our brain function, such as slower processing of information and increased forgetfulness, and this is considered to be normal. However, when we think of ‘increased forgetfulness’ we often associate the term with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Although some people experience forgetfulness as a symptom of dementia, dementia itself is not a normal part of ageing.
The prevalence of dementia in Australia is increasing, and for many older Australians this is a growing concern. Most people can reduce their risk of developing dementia as they age, and this involves looking at lifestyle factors including: diet and exercise, whether you smoke, and how much alcohol you consume.
Simple changes you can make to reduce your risk of developing dementia include:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Ensuring you get enough sleep
- Staying socially active
- Engaging in mentally challenging activities
- Increasing exercise
- Reducing alcohol consumption
- Quitting smoking
For more information about ways to reduce your risk, register for one of our ENRICH your Brain presentations.