Today’s Women — Preventing Dementia

Jill Couch, MS, OT/L
Most of us know women who have developed dementia or Alzheimer’s whom we never expected would. As a condition that can change so much of how we experience the world, it’s fair to say that all of us hope we can learn how to prevent it.

As a healthcare professional, I’ve observed the changes and challenges that dementia brings but the good news is that there is hope. There are things we can do to reduce our risk of developing dementia.


So while we want to do what we can to not develop dementia, people like me are working hard to help more people learn how to get it right with people who are living with dementia.


We hope that someday dementia may be viewed with a mindset that "life has not just ended", an acceptance that while the dementia journey is indeed different, it’s not all bad.  Perhaps we can even be okay with what may be a beautiful time walking alongside our companion with dementia.


But let’s back up and identify what we can do to reduce our own risk of developing dementia: 


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