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Local experts: Overall health, dementia are linked

While supplements and brain-training exercises are often suggested to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, local doctors said Thursday that a healthy overall lifestyle is the best line of defense.

It is estimated that dementia affects one in six people over age 80. Past the age of 65, a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other vascular dementias doubles roughly every five years, according to the Alzheimer’s Society of the United Kingdom.

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