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Technology can 'reduce the risk of dementia'

Technology can 'reduce the risk of dementia'
23rd January 2009

The risk of getting dementia can be notably reduced through the use of new technology, it has been stated.

Chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Society Neil Hunt said the internet is a "very important" tool in fighting the disease by making people more socially-aware of the threats the condition can pose, with his charity using a forum to put sufferers and relatives in touch with each other.

He added that further investment in public awareness campaigns could pay dividends and put people in touch with dementia care facilities or help them find a care home.

Mr Hunt concluded with a recommendation: "There is a lot you can do to reduce the risk of dementia: exercising regularly, sticking to a Mediterranean diet, remaining socially active, and getting your cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly."

According to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, 700,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, with that figure predicted to double within a generation.

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