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Forgetfulness might seem like an unavoidable part of aging, but you aren’t destined to dementia. In fact, there’s actually a lot you can do to prevent dementia. A Lancet Commissions report from 24 leading dementia researchers says 35 percent of dementia comes from preventable causes. Follow these steps and you could ward off a condition affecting about 47 million people worldwide. Learn more treatable causes of dementia.
Adults who don’t have at least a secondary school degree are at higher risk for developing dementia, according to the report. This could be because more education usually means a higher socioeconomic status, but it could have to do with learning itself. “Cognitive resilience in later life is likely to be enhanced by building brain reserve earlier in life through education and other intellectual stimulation,” write the study authors. Start with these tricks to get smarter in your spare time.