There is increasing evidence that taking care of your brain, body and heart can aid in reducing the risk of developing dementia, with a recent study finding that if risk factors such as obesity and smoking were cut by a quarter (25 per cent) there would be "three million fewer cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide".
A brain health program has been developed to help cut rates of dementia, and is regarded as a 'world-first' that will be launched by international dementia expert Dr Serge Gauthier.
This is the first dementia risk reduction program in the world to be publicly funded, said Alzheimer's Australia chief executive officer Glenn Rees.
"Today, there are almost 280,000 people with dementia in Australia, which is set to soar to almost one million by 2050," said Mr Rees.
"It’s important to understand that while there is, as yet, no cure for dementia there are things we can all do now – like keeping your brain active, being fit and healthy and looking after your heart – which may help to reduce our risk of developing dementia, or slow cognitive decline in those already diagnosed with dementia."
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