Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit
Dementia and our Genes
While it is not common to develop dementia because of genetics, it is worth mentioning any family history to your doctor. The doctor can decide whether or not family history is important for supporting your individual health and wellbeing.
Social and Emotional Wellbeing
There can be many things that happen throughout our lives that can have an effect on our risk of dementia. Research has found that things can happen, outside of our control that can result in a higher rate of dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
However, it is also important to note that just because a person has experienced these things doesn’t mean that they will get dementia.
Click on some of the life events below to find out more about what we know about their links to dementia:
Going to school and informal education (such as traditional cultural practices, games, sport, community involvement, reading, art, and music), as well as skilled work and training opportunities, may protect against dementia and cognitive impairment in late-life.
A lower level of education is a risk factor for dementia.
Reducing my Risk
There are some things that we can do to reduce our risk of developing dementia. We make decisions every day about what we put in our bodies and how we use our bodies these may affect our risk of developing all kinds of health issues.
Research about dementia has proven that making some changes to our health behaviours can reduce the risk of dementia. Remember, every little change helps!
Can you guess some of the health behaviours or factors that might influence our risk of dementia?
Click on the icon to reveal ways to reduce dementia risk: