Things You Can Do To Help Prevent Dementia

Dr. Dean Foti, MD, FRCPC, Behavioural Neurologist, discusses Things You Can Do To Help Prevent Dementia.

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Dr. Dean Foti, MD, FRCPC, Behavioural Neurologist, discusses Things You Can Do To Help Prevent Dementia.
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Featuring Dr. Dean Foti, MD, FRCPC, Behavioural Neurologist

Things You Can Do To Help Prevent Dementia

Duration: 2 minutes, 3 seconds

We often see people who are very concerned about dementia because their mother or father has it, or they had a brother or sister, and they ask, “What can you do to prevent dementia?” 

We have learned quite a bit over the years, and particularly, being healthy is a good starting point. So we’ve learned that treating risk factors for stroke, or vascular disease early on, like in mid-life, when you’re in your 40s, 50s, and 60s, is really important. Treating high blood pressure, making sure cholesterol is under good control, monitoring for diabetes, those are all very important things to prevent the risk of future dementia. 

Other things that people can do are regular exercise; it seems to be very good for the brain, and we also look at dietary things. For example, eating more fish, less red meat, more legumes, olive oils, following something we call the Mediterranean diet seems to be good for preventing dementia. Another thing that’s quite useful is drinking a little bit of red wine. 

Turns out the tannins in red wine are very good for the brain, so people who drink a small amount of wine, maybe one or two glasses per day, in fact have less dementia than people who do not drink any wine. So these are some of the things that you may want to do, if you want to prevent developing dementia. 

Other important things that we’ve learned are that keeping your brain active, particularly with new tasks, really is good for keeping it stronger. We think that maybe it keeps the brain cells better connected, so studies have shown that if you retire later, in fact you have less of a risk for dementia.

Similarly, if you get involved in social activities and keeping strong social connections, it seems to keep the brain quite strong. So, all of these things, exposing yourself to new information, new tasks, working longer, to a later age, in fact seems to protect the brain against dementia. 

Presenter: Dr. Dean Foti, Neurologist, Vancouver, BC

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