Dementia seems to be in the news all the time at the moment and there is no question that the number of people suffering with this problem is increasing as the elderly population steadily increases.
However, all is not doom and gloom – although it certainly does get more common with age, four out of five people aged 80 and over still have no significant memory problems.
About half of people who develop dementia have the condition Alzheimer’s disease. This occurs when the numbers of nerve fibres in the brain drop as the brain shrinks, and ‘clumps’ of protein build up in the brain affecting how nerve impulses pass through brain cells.
There can be an inherited tendency towards developing this but it can also occur without any obvious risk factors being present – however for many people, altering their lifestyle can reduce or delay the likelihood of it developing.
The second most common kind of dementia is called vascular dementia – caused by many tiny strokes blocking off the small blood vessels in the brain over a long period of time. This type of dementia can be slowed down or prevented with some simple lifestyle changes.
To help cut your risk of developing dementia, follow these simple tips: