The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 50 million people worldwide have dementia. Dementia is a condition characterized by difficulty with memory, thinking, and doing everyday activities. As for its causes, Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common causes of dementia and is the leading cause of death in the U.S.
“In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple,” said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ph.D., in a statement. “We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia.”
Today, the WHO released new guidelines that provide specific steps for reducing the risk of cognitive decline, and while dementia most commonly affects older people, the WHO points out that it is not a normal part of aging and there are many lifestyle changes we can make earlier on to reduce our risk of dementia: