Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2016-17 Winter/Spring Edition - page 9

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Reduce Risk of Developing Dementia
Age, family history and genetics are the greatest
factors in determining whether or not someone will
develop dementia. While no one can control these things,
there are preventative measures that anyone at any age
can take to help reduce the risk of developing dementia.
• Get regular exercise.
Approximately 30 minutes
of aerobic exercise, five times a week is a good
goal. Add strength training exercises into the
routine to stay even healthier.
• Eat healthy.
Studies suggest that consuming
plenty of omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent
certain forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s
disease. Foods that contain high quantities include
salmon, tuna and trout.
• Stop smoking.
Smoking is one of the most
preventable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. In
fact, if you are over
65, smoking increases
the odds of getting
Alzheimer’s disease by
nearly 79 percent.
• Stay mentally
engaged.
Puzzles,
riddles and games are
not only fun—they
may help prevent
dementia. Challenge
yourself to do new
things, too, such
as learn another
language or memorize
world capitals.
• Get enough sleep.
For most seniors, that
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