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Healthy lifestyle 'may lower dementia risk'

Healthy lifestyle 'may lower dementia risk'
25th July 2011

Older people who observe a healthy lifestyle could be at a lower risk of developing dementia than others their age, according to research, suggesting that these individuals may not be dependent on home care in the future.

Professor June Andrews, director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, said that eating healthily, exercising and stopping smoking may all lower the risk of dementia.

She explained "what's good for your heart is good for your head", meaning that circulation-boosting measures will prove positive.

In addition, socialising could help to keep the condition at bay.

According to the expert, these measures could help to stave off the condition even in those who have already been diagnosed with it.

This comes after research from Washington University in St Louis which found that people with brain changes suggestive of Alzheimer's disease were at a higher risk of falling than those with relatively healthy brains.

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