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Flourish: A healthy lifestyle: a protective measure against dementia

5/24/2022

Did you know that 5.8 million people in the U.S. have dementia? 5.6 million are over the age of 65. Source: CDC

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Adopt a healthy lifestyle as a protective measure against dementia

There’s no cure for dementia and no absolute way to prevent it from developing. However, studies have shown that a healthy lifestyle can help prevent or delay symptoms. 

To reduce your risk for developing dementia, consider taking these preventive measures: 

  • If you’re a smoker, stop smoking
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol and blood sugar levels. 
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation
  • Eat the rainbow
  • Exercise regularly. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (such as walking) per week. 
  • Keep your mind active and stimulated with challenging tasks, such as learning a new activity. 

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