A recent poll reports that almost half of people ages 50 to 64 are concerned about developing memory loss and dementia.
Researchers also found that while 75 percent of those surveyed were taking supplements or solving puzzles to maintain brain health, most others have done nothing to prevent their cognitive decline.
Poll: How Seniors View Dementia and Memory Loss
The poll asked 1,028 adults ages 50 to 64 a range of brain health questions.
Thirty three percent of those polled had a history of dementia in their families or had been a caregiver to a loved one with this disease. This experience made them worry about their own brain health. Likewise, for those with a family history of dementia, 73 percent thought they were likely to also develop it. Moreover, only 32 percent of people with no such family history considered themselves a candidate to come down with this disease.
Poll: How Good is Your Memory?
Many seniors reported a memory decline: 59 percent said it was slightly worse, and 7 percent that it was worse.
Most noteworthy, fewer than 20 percent of people are likely to get dementia in their lifetime. An individual’s risk depends on several factors, such as genetics and lifestyle choices.
Even so, the level of concern of getting dementia comes from the severity of this illness and that it’s terminal. There is no drug cure at this time.
Nevertheless, seniors can take several actions to improve their brain function. For example, this includes eating a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, exercising every day, and socializing with friends and family. It is also important to manage your blood pressure and blood sugar, quit smoking. In addition, keep your cholesterol in check and drink moderately. Drink not more than 1-2 alcoholic beverages a day.