What are the 12 modifiable risk factors for dementia?

What are the 12 Modifiable Risk Factors for Dementia?
Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 3:38 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2022 at 4:58 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) -The number of older people, including those living with dementia, is rising, even as younger age mortality declines. What can we do to prevent being part of the statistics of folks developing dementia?

Numerous studies indicate there is a growing body of evidence supports there are 12 modifiable risk factors for dementia. Modifiable means these are actions we can take regarding lifestyle and health behaviors to make a difference in outcomes.

Taylor Parker of Concept by Iowa Hearing Aid Centers highlights what is on the list and elaborates on how factors are divided up by age---and that mid-life hearing loss is the top risk factor on the list.

Addressing hearing loss is a primary method to stave off the development of dementia. Getting a free hearing screening is a proactive way to start the fight.

Total list of 12 Modifiable Risk Factors for Dementia:

  • 1) Mid-Life Hearing Loss 2) Education 3) Traumatic Brain Injury 4) Hypertension 5) Physical Inactivity 6) Diabetes 7) Excessive Alcohol Consumption 8) Weight Control/Obesity 9) Smoking 10) Depression 11) Social Contact 12) Air Pollutants

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