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Posted on January 7, 2009 by DementiaGuide

Common Types of Dementia and How to Avoid Them

Using your head is one of the best defenses against common types of Dementia.

How common is dementia? About 8 million Americans have some form of dementia and many more have a family member or friend with the disease. Every 7 seconds someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia.

The most common types of dementia are:

Alzheimer's is one of the most common types of dementia. Approximately 64% of people with dementia have this disease. That's as many as 5 million Americans.

Vascular dementia is the next most common type of dementia. It affects about 1.65 million Americans.

Dementia with Lewy bodies is the next most common type of dementia. Up to 15% of people with dementia have this type of dementia. That's about 750,000 Americans.

Other less common types of dementia include Huntington's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (includes dementia from alcohol abuse).

The chances of getting certain types of dementia increase as you get

older. Cases of different types of dementia and the number of

people affected by dementia is increasing because more people are

living longer. If someone in your family has Alzheimer's disease or

another type of dementia, you are not alone.

Time to start thinking about preventative measures.Cognitive

stimulation can help prevent memory loss and stave off

types ofdementia.

Television is a nice companion, but it doesn't do much for cognitive

(or brain) stimulation- it doesn't make you think. You know what they

say- "Use it or lose it!" Instead of watching TV, use your brain, read,

write or play a word games. Everyday you should try to do something

to help build your brain and general knowledge.

Sudoku is great to keep your logical skills up to par.

Crossword puzzles are another tool that helps increase cognitive stimulation and stave of types of dementia.

Word games like Scrabble increase vocabulary as well as forcing you to think logically and strategically.

There are countless ways to boost memory, decrease the mental signs of aging and ward off different types of dementia. One of the most important things you can do is simply keep your brain active. Read the paper, play games that make you think and get off the couch and turn the TV off and turn your brain on. If you don't use it - You might lose it.

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