Healthy Brains for All Ages
This guide is based on a talk by Kirk Nyland
Aging Brains and Dementia
The term dementia is used when a person has difficulties with thinking, remembering, staying focused, and/or socializing, and the difficulties hinder day-to-day living.
There are a number of diseases that cause dementia. Alzheimer's disease causes about 60% of all cases, but other causes include Pick's disease, vascular damage, and Lewy body disease, as well as others.
Not all people who experience a decline in mental ability have dementia. Everyone will experience a natural gradual decline in mental abilities as they age. It's important to distinguish between natural aging and demetia.
Risks for Dementia
The following are risks that you cannot change:
What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk
Here are things you can do to reduce your risk of dementia:
Physically Active, Mentally Healthy
If everyone got active to the minimum recommendation, we would eliminate one in seven dementia cases. For healthy adults this is:
The key is to push up your heart rate for at least ten minutes each time you’re active.
Of course, if you have any condition that slows you down, you should still try to be as active as your condition allows. Talk to your doctor - sometimes a well-chosen program of activities can help you manage chronic conditions.
According to statisical studies, ballroom dancing is the best hobby to take up, as it makes you physically active and offers mental stimulation in a nice social environment.