What is Dementia?
Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life.
Staying Active Helps Prevent Dementia
Moving around keeps blood and oxygen flowing to your brain. You’ll lower your chances of developing dementia by about 17% while you manage your weight and boost your energy levels.
These activities can help you stay active:
Engage in workouts that strengthen your heart, like running, swimming, and cycling. Increase the intensity gradually and be sure to warm up and cool down.
Maybe you think playing games is more fun than visiting the gym. Sign up for the softball league at work or find a partner for racquet sports.
Connecting With Others Helps Prevent Dementia
With an impact of 7%, socializing had a smaller but still significant effect. Sharing support relieves daily tensions and makes you less prone to depression and anxiety.
Activities can help you connect more with others:
Spend time with loved ones
Make hanging out with your family and friends a top priority. Eat at least one meal together each day. Schedule standing dates for coffee or playing board games. Plan outings and parties. Engage in fun activities and deep conversations.