Exercise Can Help Lower Risk: #LetsTalkAboutDementia

If you’re like most people, dementia is one of your greatest fears about aging. By  the year 2050, more than 152 million people around the world will have it, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI). And while there is no vaccine or cure, research that suggests exercise can reduce the risk or severity of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

September marks the ninth World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise dementia awareness and challenge stigma. Alzheimer associations and others around the world organize advocacy, raise money, and share information.

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk

“Research suggests that leading a healthy lifestyle may help to reduce a person’s risk of developing dementia later in life,” ADI says. “The general rule is what’s good for the heart is good for the brain, so both should be well looked after with a balanced diet and regular physical and mental exercise.”