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Risk factors for cardiovascular disease (like heart disease and stroke) are also risk factors for dementia. Leading a healthy lifestyle will help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and your risk of dementia (particularly vascular dementia).

If you are aged between 40-74 you may be entitled to a free NHS Health Check available through your GP. You understand your health better than anyone else. This places you in the best position to make the lifestyle changes that will benefit your health and reduce your risk of dementia. If you have concerns about your health, get in touch with your local pharmacist or GP – they will be able to provide you with further advice.

References and further information on reducing your risk of dementia:

NHS Choices: Can dementia be prevented?

Alzheimer’s SocietyBe head strong: A guide to help you reduce your risk of developing dementia

Dementia: reduce your risk in six steps. Public Health Wales (2015)

Reducing your risk of Dementia. Public Health England and Alzheimer’s Research UK (2015)

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