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Ways to lower dementia risk

The word dementia means “deprived of mind.” It is a catch-all term that covers a decline in memory, reasoning, thinking, and other mental functions. Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia are the two most common kinds. You can take steps to lower your risk for developing dementia by keeping your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and weight in a healthy range; not smoking; keeping your mind active through learning and games; exercising regularly; and staying…

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