Amy Florian, CEO of Corgenius, which educates advisors and broker-dealers on how to serve clients with diminished mental capacity or who have suffered a significant life loss, said “we don’t know the cause” of dementia nor do we have a magic bullet to prevent or reverse the condition. And many of us and our loved ones may fall prey to this devastating condition.
So if we’ve all got a good chance of acquiring dementia and we don’t know the exact cause of the condition, what about preventing it in the first place?
“There are some research-backed observations that some activities prevent dementia,” Florian said, such as working crossword puzzles and playing other word and name games. Exercise, she said, seems to be “the No. 1” preventive action, especially physical activity that involves “split-second decision-making,” like running on an outdoor trail, where you’re constantly making slight adjustments to the terrain, instead of on a treadmill.