- being more physically active
- reducing alcohol consumption
- not smoking
- improving diet
- not being overweight or obese
NICE also states that health professionals, such as physiotherapists, should be aware of the lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of developing dementia and be able to offer advice to people about reducing this risk.
Laura Cook, East region chair of Agile, the CSP’s professional network for physiotherapists working with older people, told Frontline: ‘Physios play an important role in supporting people to age well. Lifestyle changes we would recommend to prevent a stroke or heart attack can also help to prevent dementia
‘One easy message to promote is; what’s good for your heart is good for your head.’