Fears of dementia in the North East

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MORE than two thirds of people in the North East are concerned about getting dementia and losing their memories according to new research.

But the study also found that many in the region are unclear about the causes and the actions which could help reduce the risk.

New research from Bupa for World Alzheimer’s Month, running all through September, found that mor than half of the people in the North East think that age and genetics affect the risk of developing dementia.

Meanwhile, just over a third of people think that challenging their brain with mental exercises could affect their risk and less than a quarter realise that social interaction with friends and family may also impact on their chances of getting dementia.

Professor Graham Stokes, global firector of Dementia Care, Bupa said: “The number of people living with dementia is set to rise, so it’s understandable why so many people fear the condition.

“While age and genetics are part of the disease’s risk factors, not smoking, eating more healthily, getting some exercise and having a good education could all play a part in minimising your chances of developing dementia.”