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Why do people get dementia?

We can’t always explain why people get dementia, but there are certain factors that can make it more likely. Unfortunately, some of these known dementia risks factors are unavoidable. In particular, the older we become, the more likely we are to have most types of dementia. Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia.

However, there are changes you can make to your lifestyle that may play a part in helping to prevent dementia. These changes can include being physically active, eating a healthy diet and stopping smoking.

In this section, you can find more information about what puts people at risk of dementia, and what you can do to potentially reduce your risk.

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