From the age of 50 we begin to make crosswords or take nutritional supplements, but without the guarantee that they serve to curb one of the most widespread fears in the population over 50 years: the loss of our mental faculties. Forgetting, or distorting reality, is among the most entrenched fears.
Nearly half of the participants in the National Survey on Healthy Aging conducted by the University of Michigan, of a group of 1,028 adults between 50 and 60, showed their fear of developing dementia as they age. However, despite the concerns, only 5% of the whole group, and 10% of those who said they have a family history of dementia have consulted experts on how to prevent these problems.
In fact, research suggests that less than 20% of the population will suffer from Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia after 65 years.
How can we avoid it? The survey also showed something to keep in mind: A higher percentage of adults between 50 and 60 who claim to sleep well, exercise, eat healthy, and be socially active at least a couple of times a week, feel that his memory works as well as at age 18.
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