One in five people in the East Midlands unaware that dementia risk can be reduced

Almost one in five people in the East Midlands do not think it is possible to reduce their risk of developing dementia, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by Alzheimer’s Society.

Despite growing evidence that simple lifestyle factors can improve our chances of avoiding dementia, the poll found that 19 per cent of people in the East Midlands are unaware of this and could be putting themselves at risk.

Alzheimer’s Society is calling on people to take action now and has revealed five simple things people can start doing straight away to reduce their risk of the dementia - the most important of which is to take regular exercise. The results and tips are released as Alzheimer’s Society encourages people to sign up to its annual flagship fundraising event, Memory Walk. Nottingham Memory Walk takes place at 11am on Saturday 20 September at Wollaton Hall.

Ruth Langsford, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador and presenter of ITV’s This Morning and Loose Women, said: “My wonderful dad had dementia, so naturally I have concerns that I might get it too.

“Like a worrying number of us, I didn’t realise until recently that there are simple things you can do to reduce your risk, such as exercising regularly. Now I try to eat healthily, keep active and go on long walks with our dog, Maggie.

“This September I’m bringing my dog to an Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk as it’s the perfect way to get some gentle exercise, whilst raising money for the charity and remembering dad.’

The Alzheimer’s Society recommends exercise, managing health conditions and to avoid smoking.