10 Early Symptoms of Dementia

Can you prevent dementia?

You can take steps to improve cognitive health and reduce your or your loved one’s risk. This includes keeping the mind active with word puzzles, memory games, and reading. Being physically active, getting at least 150 minutes of exercise per week, and making other healthy lifestyle changes can also lower your risk. Examples of lifestyle changes include stopping smoking if you smoke and eating a diet rich in:

  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • whole grains

You can also reduce your risk by increasing your intake of vitamin D. According to the Mayo Clinic, some researchers suggest that “people with low levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”