How to lower your risk for dementia | Allen and Allen

How to lower your risk for dementia

Dementia can have serious consequences for many adults, but it is not an inevitable part of aging.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a term for the deterioration of cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. It can affect memory, judgment, language, comprehension, and orientation.

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What are the dangers associated with dementia?

Although most older adults would prefer to live independently in their own homes or with family members, adults with dementia are more likely to need long-term care in a nursing home or assisted living facility.

Long-term care patients with dementia are in greater danger of:

What are the risk factors for dementia?

The greatest risk factor for dementia is age. The older you become, the higher your risk of developing dementia. Other risk factors include:

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Is there a way to lower my risk of having dementia?

Yes. Many people never develop any symptoms of dementia, and according to the CDC, up to 40 percent of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed. You can take steps now to lower your risk of dementia by:

  • being active
  • eating healthier
  • losing weight
  • not smoking
  • keeping a healthy blood pressure
  • regulating cholesterol
  • lowering blood sugar
  • low-to-moderate alcohol consumption
  • getting enough sleep

At Allen & Allen, we have extensive experience helping families whose loved ones with dementia were neglected by the facilities they trusted to care for them. We know every case is different, but all are similar in how they can put stress on a family already suffering.

Choosing an experienced attorney matters, and we are here to help.  If a loved one has been severely injured or killed due to a nursing home or assisted living facility’s neglect, call us at 866-388-1307 for a free consultation. Our experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys are here to help.