There are currently 47 million people worldwide living with dementia. In Australia, it’s estimated that by 2050 more than 1 million people will be living with it. And it’s projected to be the leading cause of death in just the next few years.
The good news is that recent research has shown that one-third of dementia cases are caused by ‘modifiable’ risk factors, that is things that we can change, rather than genetics. Research has shown that physical, mental and social activity all play an important part in our brain’s health as we age. By engaging in these activities, we can significantly lower our chances of getting dementia.
This is especially important in retirement. Some research has shown that the age we retire affects the risk of dementia. Because, it’s important to keep our brains stimulated and active.
We plan a lot for retirement; we plan financially, but we don’t plan so much in terms of health. And there are a lot of changes when we transition to retirement, that are important to manage. It’s just as important to be aware of all of these changes as it is to prepare financially! With healthy use of our brains, following simple, practical steps, retirement can be the positive transition it is meant to be- from a stage of life shaped by work and family obligations, to a stage of life shaped by our choices!
Head to our Strategies page, to find out ways to keep physically, mentally and socially active. By doing simple, practical things you can prevent dementia, and live your happiest, healthiest life.
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