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Alzheimer Awareness Month: 10 ways to reduce your risk of dementia

By Kelli Rickard Jan 4, 2024 | 11:19 AM

The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia says dementia is a growing issue in the province, but there is hope.

It says the number of people living with dementia will increase by 87 per cent by 2050.

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month, and the society is getting the word out about 10 evidence-based ways that could reduce the risk of dementia by up to 40 per cent.

Lifestyle changes that can help manage risk factors are being physically active each day, protecting and supporting your hearing, staying socially active, managing your medical conditions, quitting or reducing smoking, seeking support for depression, drinking less alcohol, protecting your heart, avoiding concussion or traumatic brain injury, and aiming to get quality sleep.

In a release, Sacha Nadeau, Director of Programs & Services at the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia says, “Some of these steps are more difficult to take than others, but even committing to one or two can help to reduce your risk.”

Nadeau adds, “That said, these are only modifiable with the right supports in place. You can contact the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia to access our services or be connected to community supports that may help.”

The Society will hold a public education event – Hype vs. Hope in Dementia Research – on January 30 at 6:00 p.m. in Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library, which will also be livestreamed.