Category risk factors

Physical activity and dementia

Whilst there are many risk factors for dementia (such as age and genetics) that can’t be changed, there are things that we can do to reduce the risk of developing some forms of dementia. A Cambridge study has estimated that one in three cases of Alzheimer’s worldwide might be preventable and that a number of […]

Diet and dementia

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that a healthy lifestyle supports healthy ageing, and an important aspect of this is food and nutrition. The brain requires a lot of oxygen, which in turn means that the heart and blood vessels need to be in good working order to deliver it. Hence the idea that what […]

The importance of sleep

The importance of a healthy lifestyle is increasingly recognised for its role in maintaining physical and mental health as we age, but sleep is one aspect of this that is often forgotten. A study involving two OxDARE researchers, Claire Sexton and Heidi Johansen-Berg, has found that poor sleep quality may be linked to a more […]

Prevention or cure?

Over 820,000 people in the UK have dementia. The NHS defines dementia as a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. A wide range of diseases and conditions can cause dementia (Alzheimer’s disease is the most common) and symptoms include memory loss, confusion, mood changes and […]