Concerned about your memory?  Having any trouble retaining and retrieving facts, events, people’s names?  We all do from time to time.  We can find ourselves wondering if our cognition is as good as it used to be.  Cognition is defined as the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.  Would anyone like to lower their risk of serious cognitive decline: dementia?  We all would.  To do so, we have to first know what can put us at increased risk.  This month, the Journal of the American Medical Association reviewed 12 preventable risk factors for dementia.

DEMENTIA: 12 Preventable Risk Factors:

  • Having little or no education
  • Hypertension
  • Untreated hearing impairment
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Physical inactivity
  • Diabetes
  • Low social contact
  • Head injuries
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Air pollution exposure

So, what can we do to lower our risk of dementia?

  • Be a Life-Long Learner for Living. Find ways to learn more about wellness.
  • Keep your blood pressure in a normal range. This is really important!
  • Correct any hearing impairment.
  • Don’t smoke. If you do, seek a smoke cessation program for help.
  • Achieve and maintain an ideal body weight. Normal Numbers NOW!
  • Seek assistance for any mood disorder. Our emotional health rules our life!
  • Make Movement Mandatory – every day!
  • Critique Caloric Consumption! Glycemic (blood sugar) control is a critical element of our health.
  • Assess your social wellness. Add some members you can trust to give you beneficial, truthful advice, who will be there for you and keep you accountable.  Seek and Secure Support!
  • Be careful. Watch where you’re going!  Wear a seatbelt and a helmet.
  • If you drink alcohol, keep to recommended consumption guidelines. Numerous organizations state no more than one drink per day (7 drinks per week) for women.  Men can have 1-2 drinks per day.  BUT, eliminate alcohol if you need to lose weight.  You don’t want these extra carbs keeping you from a great BMI.
  • Avoid 2nd hand smoke and air pollution as much as possible

Numerous medical organizations have stated that the majority of dementia cases can be prevented or greatly delayed by modifying known risk factors.  Implementing these prevention strategies also reduces our risks for numerous other health disorders – including cancer.

WHY we do want to up our wellness game?   It’s not just about us.  It’s about our friends and family who will have to take care of us.  It’s about Living WELL Aware!

THANKS to Vidor ISD employees participating in the Vidor ISD is Living WELL Aware Weekly Wellness Webinars.  Investing in your personal health is the best gift you can give to the students, your family and friends, and yourself.    Lead on!  ONWARD!

DOES YOUR GROUP NEED A WELLNESS AWAKENING WEBINAR OR PRESENTATION? Have Dr Sulak and Dr Waxman speak to your group in person or virtually!

It’s about Living WELL Aware!


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