Keeping our brains healthy is an important way we can reduce our risk of developing dementia. There is also much that people living with dementia can do to support their quality of life through brain-healthy living. Here, you can find information from a variety of organizations, all dedicated to brain health!
How can you support your brain health?
The Cleveland Clinic’s HealthyBrains.org has outlined six pillars of a healthy brain.
A note about risk reduction
Eating healthy, staying active, and staying intellectually and socially stimulated can all help reduce someone’s risk of developing dementia. Environmental factors such air quality can also play a role. But for each individual person, genetics will also come into play: each person’s risk of developing dementia will be a complex interplay between lifestyle, environmental, and genetic risk factors. This means that although it is more likely for someone to develop dementia if they have a history of dementia in their family, it isn’t a sure thing. Similarly, lack of family history doesn’t mean a total lack of risk. Someone could be genetically at risk for dementia and not take any measures to reduce risk, but still never develop dementia. Alternatively, someone with no genetic risk who lives a radically healthy lifestyle might still develop dementia. This is why we can only talk of reducing risk for dementia, not preventing it. But, by living as healthy and actively as possible, we can do a lot to reduce that risk.
This graphic was originally published in an article that appeared in the journal The Lancet, titled
“Dementia prevention, intervention, and care: 2020 report of the Lancet Commission.”
Hear from an expert!
Dr. Tessa Swigart of the Nevada Public Health Training Center worked with Dementia Friendly Nevada to facilitate a webinar highlighting the 12 identified risk factors for dementia, the majority of which center around brain health and lifestyle.
More brain health resources
Here are some more webpages to check out for in-depth brain health information!
CDC Healthy Brain Initiative
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, have put together a Road Map for State and Local Public Health that helps communities adress the topics of brain health and dementia from a public health perspective.
Hilarity for Charity
Hilarity for Charity–a not-for-profit started by actors Seth and Lauren Rogen–is dedicated to caring for families affected dementia and promoting brain health research and education. They have resources focused on brain-healthy lifestyles, and much more.
Put together by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, BrainGuide has information on how to keep your brain healthy. They also have a questionnaire that you can use to get to know your own brain health, through which you will get resources tailored to your own specific situation.