How we can reduce dementia risk and preserve cognition

Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing. In fact, a recent study suggested that we may be able to prevent up to 40% of dementias by changing our lifestyles to reduce some of the risk factors. 

Tips for looking after your brain health include: 

  • Keep physically active (see Physical activity)
  • Stop smoking 
  • Eat foods that are high in ‘good fats’ such as nuts, seeds, and oily fish, limit processed foods, and include a variety of fruit and vegetables (see Eating for women’s wellbeing) 
  • Reduce alcohol consumption 
  • Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night 
  • Be socially active 
  • Learn a new skill 
  • Manage other health conditions, especially: 
    • diabetes  
    • high blood pressure  
    • high cholesterol  
    • depression 
    • hearing problems 
    • Get an annual health check from your doctor

Visit Dementia Australia for more information on how to keep your brain in good health and other tips and strategies. 


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