Many people do not want to think about dementia, especially if their lives have not yet been touched by it. But a total of 9.9 million people worldwide are diagnosed with dementia each year. That is one person every 3.2 seconds.
This number is growing: around 50 million people live with dementia today, and this number will rise to over 130 million worldwide by 2030.
You do not have to wait until you are 65 to take action. In the absence of treatment, we must think of ways to protect our brain health earlier. This month is Alzheimer’s Awareness month — what better time to learn how to reduce your risk of dementia, whatever your age?
In my work at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute, I address cognitive, health and lifestyle factors in aging. I investigate how we can maintain our brain health, while reducing the risk of dementia as we age. Currently, I’m recruiting for two clinical trials that explore the benefits of different types of cognitive training and lifestyle interventions to prevent dementia.
There are three dementia risk factors that you can’t do anything about: age, sex and genetics. But a growing body of evidence is discovering early-life, mid-life and late-life contributors to dementia risk that we can do something about — either for our own or our children’s future brain health.
Source: How to reduce your risks of dementia : The Conversation
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Being 69 years I am eligible for a Dementia Test, information here, https://www.dementiauk.org/understanding-dementia/advice-and-information/dementia-first-steps/getting-a-diagnosis-of-dementia/tests-for-dementia-and-alzheimers/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAkMDiBRDNARIsACKP1FHmTXBkTZawZ9muzxrKKnBU6ctUK_k8jMdhhGwmbG8hxELKRZmKcnAaAqDWEALw_wcB.
I was forgetting, having memory lapses, etc, but was this down to aging, having a stressful life or the onset of Dementia.
So I went for a Dementia Test and the result was I scored 29 out of 30, so currently I do not have dementia. However, by having the test I now have a base level recorded, which can be referred to when I take the test again, say in a couple of years time.
Did I really wish to know, may be not, but I do feel better now, perhaps because I currently know I do not have dementia. If I did have dementia, perhaps I could have been given medication to delay the full onset.