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New Guidelines Urge a Healthy Lifestyle to Prevent Dementia

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September 23, 2019

Some basic health and lifestyle measures can help people reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms dementia, the World Health Organization says. New guidelines from the group, a leader in global health, urge people to get regular exercise, which has been tied to a reduced risk of dementia. The group also recommends people follow a heart-healthy diet, such as a Mediterranean-style diet rich in whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables, fish rather than red meat, and healthy fats like olive oil.

“In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia. The scientific evidence gathered for these Guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time, that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain.”

Among the group’s other recommendations:

WHO also says that it’s critical that caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia take care of their health.

“Dementia carers are very often family members who need to make considerable adjustments to their family and professional lives to care for their loved ones,” said Dr Dévora Kestel, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO. “This is why WHO created iSupport, an online training program that provides caregivers of people with dementia with advice on overall management of care, dealing with behavior changes and how to look after their own health.” More on iSupport can be found on their website at https://www.isupportfordementia.org/en/about-isupport

By ALZinfo.org, The Alzheimer’s Information Site. Reviewed by Marc Flajolet, Ph.D., Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at The Rockefeller University.

Source: World Health Organization.

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