Dementia risk factors and prevention

Some things can increase your risk of getting dementia, including your age, genes and lifestyle. There are also ways you can reduce your risk.

Learn more about alternative therapies

Some alternative therapies, like cannabis oil (CBD oil), might benefit people with dementia. They work by treating the conditions related to dementia, such as sleep problems or agitation. However there are alleged alternative therapies, like coconut oil, that don't help or are harmful.

Alternative therapies

 Research on dementia risk factors and prevention

Newspapers and social media are often full of headlines about things that can help prevent dementia or things that increase your risk. The following section, ordered alphabetically, explores the research evidence behind each topic.

Interested in dementia research?

Volunteer with our Research Network and use your personal experience of dementia to drive research forward. We are specifically interested in recruiting volunteers with a diagnosis of dementia. We also really want to hear from people with experience of dementia from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, as well as people affected by dementia from LGBTQ+ communities.

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