Healthy Lifestyles to Reduce Risk of Dementia

Jordan Elliott-King*, Daniele Magistro, Eef Hogervorst

*Corresponding author for this work

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Dementia is characterised by cognitive impairment affecting daily life. Reducing lifestyle-related risk factors is currently the only method of treatment due to limited success of current pharmaceutical interventions. This chapter provides an overview of research on nutrients and their impact in preventing cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. Physical activity and possibly cognitive activity may be more likely to have lifelong positive preventative effects against cognitive decline and dementia. We focus on studies investigating diet, nutrition, physical, and cognitive activities to both prevent and treat dementia symptoms. These studies suggest that a lifespan approach is needed, as some interventions are more successful in midlife (nutrition/diet, prevention of cardiovascular disease including obesity), while others, such as physical and cognitive activities, can still be effective in old age.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychologies of Ageing
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research and Practice
EditorsElizabeth Peel, Michael Murray, Carol Holland
PublisherPalgrave Macmilan
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783319970349
ISBN (Print)9783319970332, 9783030072889
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Oct 2018


  • Dementia
  • Lifestyle
  • Diet
  • Physical activity
  • Cognitive decline


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