Although it is not a specific disease on its own, dementia refers to a group of symptoms that affect a person's ability to socialize, think, or remember things, according to the Mayo Clinic. In severe cases, it can interfere with daily functioning. Memory loss, confusion, and communication problems are only a few of the common symptoms, as further explained on the Mayo Clinic's website.
Research into the condition is still ongoing, but in general the causes of dementia include age, heredity, and possibly environmental factors, according to Dementia Care Central. For the most part, anyone looking for ways to prevent dementia will find pretty regular health advice. "It’s the same thing for every disease out there: exercise, sleep, nutrition, social activity, brain exercise, and good luck and genetics," says Rachael Wonderlin, gerontologist and author of When Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community. There isn't a single "weird" trick that will definitely prevent dementia.
In general, though, there are some unexpected changes to your diet and daily activities that may help reduce your chances of getting dementia. Read on to see what experts and researchers have to say about dementia prevention.