Reducing the risk of dementia with Mind your Mind
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Can you reduce your risk of developing dementia? Dementia cannot as yet be prevented or cured, but there is strong evidence that the risk may be reduced by adopting a brain healthy lifestyle. This website explains how to do that with Mind your Mind, Alzheimer’s Australia’s dementia risk reduction program.
The seven Mind your Mind signposts point the way to a healthy brain and reducing your risk of dementia. There are no guarantees, but the evidence shows that people who stay active and look after their vascular health are less likely on average to develop dementia. And if they do get dementia, the onset may be delayed so they have more years of healthy life.
The 7 Mind your Mind Signposts
1. Mind your Brain
Challenge your brain with new activities, e.g. learn a language, do puzzles or crosswords, read or enrol in a course.
2. Mind your Diet
Eat fruit and vegetables, legumes, wholegrain breads and cereals, fish, lean meats, reduced-fat dairy products, unsaturated oils such as olive, sunflower, canola, and flaxseed.
3. Mind your Body
Be physically active in ways you enjoy, e.g. walk, play sport, go to the gym, dance, do yoga, pilates or tai chi, gardening.
4. Mind your Health Checks
See your doctor to make sure your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and weight are healthy for you.
5. Mind your Social Life
Catch up with family and friends, join a club or group, volunteer, or go to events.
6. Mind your Habits
Don’t smoke, and drink alcohol only in moderation.
7. Mind your Head
Take care not to fall, take care as a pedestrian, wear a seat belt, and wear a helmet when riding or for certain sports.
Detailed information and practical advice about dementia risk reduction is available on our Mind your Mind website