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Reducing the Risk of Dementia Tip Sheet

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Dementia is one of the most common issues affecting older adults. Dementia isn’t a specific disease; it’s a general term that’s used to describe any problem with memory (or other brain functions) that is severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life. For example, Alzheimer’s disease is one well-known type of dementia.

Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells. Often, this can’t be prevented because we may not know exactly what has led to someone’s dementia. There are also some risk factors for dementia, including age, race, and genetics, that can’t be controlled.

This tip sheet will explore some healthy habits we can adopt that could reduce our chances of developing dementia.