What else can you do to avoid dementia?

Always protect your head. No matter what your age your head needs to be protected as research indicates that any serious head trauma can increase your risk of dementia.

Avoid Head Injury

A serious head injury, with loss of consciousness, is associated with a higher risk of developing dementia. This doesn't mean that you will get dementia if you have suffered a serious head injury, but your risk is greater on average than someone who hasn't suffered one.

It's essential to always wear adequate head protection when doing certain activities such as riding a bicycle or motorcycle, rollerblading and playing certain sports such as football, soccer and boxing. And remember to play it safe when using ladders and avoid falls.

Manage Depression

Depression may be also associated with a higher risk of developing dementia. Evidence is emerging about the physical effects that depression can have on the brain.

It is clearly vital to identify and treat depression. Preventing new episodes of depression may be useful to brain health. Effective treatment is available, so you should never hesitate to consult a health professional for advice.

Call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 for questions, information, advice.


Your Brain Matters was supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund from July 2012 to June 2015.



Dementia Australia would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians and carers of the country of Australia.