Can You Prevent Dementia?

According to the World Health Organization, more than 50 million people worldwide have dementia. But while those numbers are staggering, there are steps you can take to prevent the condition.

Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care West Islip offers some tips.

Am I at Risk for Dementia?

Well, the short answer is: Everyone is at risk of developing dementia. Every 66 seconds in the United States, someone develops dementia.

But healthy lifestyle habits can go a long way in helping you safeguard your brain and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Ways to Prevent Dementia

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get plenty of exercise.
  • Follow a healthy diet.
  • Read.
  • Complete puzzles.
  • Try a new hobby.
  • Manage health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

How Do Seniors Stay Healthy?

While preventing dementia is one key aspect of staying healthy as you age, it isn’t the only one.

You want to begin early in life by establishing healthy lifestyle habits that will benefit you throughout your life. One key step is to have regular checkups with a doctor who can ensure you’re receiving age-appropriate tests and vaccinations.

Healthy Aging Tips

  • Get regular exercise.
  • Stay social with friends and loved ones.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Find healthy ways to manage stress.

Our urgent care center is equipped to care for children, adults and seniors. Stop by AFC Urgent Care West Islip today for a checkup!


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