How to Reduce the Risk of Late-Life Dementia—Starting in Childhood

What advice can clinicians give patients to lower their overall risk for neurodegenerative diseases?

When it comes to Alzheimer disease (AD) and dementia, treatment gets more attention than prevention. Maybe it is time for that to change, because by combining preventative measures, it is possible to improve up to 40% of the overall risk factors for diseases like AD.

In this Mental Health Minute, James Galvin, MD, MPH, suggests simple but evidence-supported behavioral plans that psychiatrists can recommend to their patients.

Dr Galvin is a professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and founding director of the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health.

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