The greatest risk factor for dementia is age. Although age increases risk, dementia is not a normal part of ageing, and ageing is not itself a cause of dementia.
Watch Dr Joshua Kua, a Geriatric Psychiatrist, answer whether dementia runs in the family:
Source: Agency for Integrated Care
Some content is reproduced with permission from Alzheimer’s Disease International’s article on Risk Factors and Risk Reduction.
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