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9 Everyday Habits You Should Adopt to Prevent Dementia in Your Family

The best way to reduce the risk of cognitive decline or dementia is by simply adopting key lifestyle habits. According to the Alzheimer's Association, "growing data shows that people can minimize their risk of cognitive decline by adopting critical lifestyle choices." "Combine these routines whenever possible to get the most benefit for your brain and body. Begin right now. It's never too early or too late to start incorporating healthy behaviors into your daily routine."

1. You're Not Eating Up Right

Reduce the risk of developing dementia by eating a healthy, balanced diet that is low in fat and high in fruit and vegetables. Although there is little data on nutrition and cognitive function, certain diets, such as the Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, may help reduce the risk. Feed your children with balanced diet always. 

2 You aren't looking after your mental health

Some studies relate a history of mental health issues to an elevated risk of cognitive decline, so if you're experiencing signs of depression, nervousness, or other mental health issues, seek medical help. Additionally, make an effort to control your tension.

3. You're not keeping up with your social obligations

This is difficult to achieve during a pandemic, but it is critical. Maintaining a social life may be beneficial to one's mental health. Make an effort to participate in social activities that are meaningful to you. Volunteer to work at a local animal shelter if you're interested in being a part of your neighborhood. Join a local chorus or volunteer at an after-school activity if you enjoy singing. Alternatively, you can do things with your family and friends.

4 You're Not Staying Educated

Basic education can help you lower your chances of dementia and cognitive decline at any age. Take a class at a nearby school, community center, or online, for instance. Always teach your children the importance of staying educated.

5. You aren't looking after your heart or lungs

Obesity, hypertension, and diabetes, all of which are risk factors for heart disease and stroke, have been shown to have a significant impact on your cognitive health. If you take care of your heart, your intellect may well follow. Avoid everything that may harm your heart and lungs. You should abstain from smoking as well.

6. You're setting yourself up for a traumatic brain injury

A brain injury can increase your chances of developing dementia and cognitive impairment. Wear a seat belt, a helmet when participating in contact sports or riding a bicycle, and take precautions to avoid falling. Avoiding brain injury also means that you are avoiding dementia. 

7. You Aren't Getting Enough Sleep

Insomnia or sleep apnea can cause memory and thinking problems if you don't get enough sleep. Consult your doctor for help if you aren't sleeping well. Dementia may be avoided if these issues are addressed.

8. You Aren't Working Out

Increase blood flow and blood circulation to the brain and body by engaging in regular aerobic activity. Physical activity has been linked to a lower risk of cognitive deterioration in a number of studies. Let your children take part in different physical activity lessons. 

9. Play Mental Games

Your intellect will be challenged and activated. Make a piece of furniture out of it. Put together a jigsaw puzzle. Make something creative. Play games that require you to think strategically, like bridge. You can install these games on your child's phone or computer. Challenging your intellect may enhance your brain in the short and long term.

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