Help reduce your risk of dementia by being socially and mentally active
1 August 2022
Engaging in mental or social activities may help to build up your brain’s ability to cope with disease, relieve stress and improve your mood. This means doing these activities may help to delay, or even prevent, dementia from developing.
Dementia is not a single disease but is a term used to describe the symptoms that occur when there is a decline in brain function. It can affect memory, thinking skills and other mental abilities.
A University College London led study carried out in 2019 showed that being more socially active in your 50s and 60s predicts a lower risk of developing dementia later on in life. The research showed that someone who saw friends almost daily at age 60 was 12% less likely to develop dementia than someone who only saw one or two friends every few months.
It is therefore important to make changes to our daily lives to ensure we take the time to connect with others. Social wellbeing and connectedness can help tackle social isolation, loneliness and reduce dementia risk. If you think you could be more socially active, why not try one of the following:
- Getting involved in a local community group
- Joining a sports club
- Joining a Friendly Parks for All activity
This is part of a campaign to increase awareness of the healthy behaviours you can adopt which may help reduce your risk of getting dementia.
Up to: August 2022
Updated: 1 August 2022