The onset of dementia can be pushed back by taking exercise and maintaining a healthy diet.
This is according to Professor June Andrews, director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, who added that a good social life will also be beneficial.
She noted that making some changes in your living environment "like increasing light levels" can also help.
The suggestions come after the publication of research from the Alzheimer's Society, which showed that around 250,000 people who are living with dementia are being let down by the care and support team, whose services are not meeting the patients' needs.
However, professor Andrews concurred, stating that health and social care workers do often have further knowledge of things that could help sufferers but that they are "not always in a position to pass that information on to people with dementia and their carers".
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Dementia treatment news : 16 December 2010