In a new study, nine risk factors have been identified that increase the risk of developing dementia in later life. These are:
- Mid-life hearing loss
- Failing to complete secondary education
- Failing to seek treatment for early depression
- Physical inactivity
- Social isolation
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
Those with a learning disability are often left in social isolation and, combined with a number of other factors, can greatly increase the chances of contracting the disease compared to those without a disability.
Here at Orbis we strive to have the people we support as involved in the community as possible, and we consider our service a success when the people we support are able to make friendships and other relationships of their own. An active life is also encouraged in order to stay healthy and meet new people, plus its also fun!