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ACT NOW to reduce your risk of developing dementia

The Welsh Government have launched a campaign to raise awareness about how we can all take simple steps now to reduce our risk of developing dementia in later life.  

Dementia is a term used to describe a set of symptoms that over time may include:

  • memory loss and difficulties with thinking
  • problem-solving or 
  • speech.

A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour. The most common forms are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia (mini strokes).

The risk of dementia increases with age.  There are currently over 42,000k people with dementia in Wales and this figure is rising.  Healthier living may reduce dementia risk by 60%.

We can all ACT NOW to reduce our risk in six simple steps:

Active (physically and socially)
Check your health regularly
Try new things
No to smoking
Only drink alcohol within the recommended guidelines, if at all
Watch your weight