Dementia is a general loss of mental abilities. It can include a loss of ability to think, reason, learn, and understand. To be considered dementia, these mental losses must be severe enough to interfere with day-to-day activities. Dementia must also have:
Mental loss that is severe enough to cause problems with one or more of the following:
Executive function—foresight, planning, anticipation, and insight
Exercise regularly. This can also enhance cardiovascular health, which may delay the onset of vascular dementia.
Alcohol may have some benefits if you use it in moderation. This means no more than two drinks per day for a man, and one drink per day for a woman. Moderate amounts of alcohol may decrease your risk of dementia. Higher amounts of alcohol however, can increase your risk of dementia.
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