Staying active socially and mentally
There is growing evidence that loneliness may increase the risk of developing dementia20. Social isolation increases the risk of high blood pressure21, heart disease22, and low mood23, and all of these increase the risk of dementia. Regular contact with family and friends is a time to share feelings and experiences, which improves our sense of belonging and self-worth and getting to know new people is important. Why not volunteer in your community, join a sports or book club?
Research shows that keeping your mind active with crosswords and Sudoku puzzles, can help the blood flow in the brain24, improve the brain’s structure 25 and help memory and thinking skills. People that regularly write and read in midlife slow their brain health decline later in life26.