- Number of people with dementia doubles every 20 years, says WHO
- Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia
- Age is the most causative factor of dementia
- Lifestyle diseases also increase the risk
- Stay socially active to reduce getting affected by dementia
We are aware of Alzheimer’s disease through movies and health campaigns. Several films in regional languages have depicted its intensity, behavioral pattern and the condition of someone affected by it.
Dementia is a set of symptoms like memory loss as a result of a brain disorder. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia, and there are other similar forms too. But, Alzheimer’s contributes about 60-70 percent of dementia worldwide.
World Health Organization calculates that number of people who have dementia would double every twenty years across the world. It has been estimated that globally 42. 3 million people will have dementia by 2020 and 81.1 million by 2040. Adding to the shock, the highest rate of growth of the disease is in India followed by China. It mostly affects elders above 60 years. But, younger individuals have also been diagnosed with such memory loss, and the condition is called early onset of Alzheimer’s.
Getting old increases the risk of memory loss and associated dementia symptoms.
- Family history
If your first relatives, parents or siblings, had dementia, the chances are higher for you to experience the same.
- Traumatic brain injury
Any severe brain injury like a blow to the head or accidents can cause a condition of dementia.
Diabetes, physical inactivity, unbalanced diet, etc. can also increase the risk
- Use of alcohol or drugs
Studies suggest that drug addiction or alcoholism can also act a risk factor for dementia.
- A minimum of 15-minute walk daily can lower the risk of dementia as physical activity enhances brain function.
- Eat healthy. Avoid the junk food with trans-fats and other unhealthy ingredients.
- Stay away from drugs. Control alcohol consumption and quit smoking.
- Be careful to avoid head injuries. Wear a helmet while riding a bike or engaging in sports activities.
- Take proper medical help for heart problems.
- Always be active. Engage yourself with family, friends and other social activities.