Episode 118: How to prevent Dementia with Mitchell Clionsky

Going out on a limb here when I say, no one wants dementia.


When I heard about the new book, Dementia Prevention, Using Your Head to Save Your Brain, I knew I wanted to interview the author(s). Luckily, one of them reached out to me, to you the audience, thinking it might be something we’d be interested in. Ya think?

This episode is chock full of what contributes to dementia, who might be heading that way, and what we can do to prevent it or slow the progression.

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Mitchell told me “80 percent of people over the age of 50 are somewhat or very worried about dementia. That can be paralyzing, if all you do is worry. That’s why when we talk about in the book, don’t be a dementia worrier, become a prevention warrior. There’s a very active approach that is based on real science.”

You know I love the science and bring it he did.

Here are the key points we discussed

  • Demystifying Dementia: Understanding that genetics and lifestyle both play roles in brain health.
  • Prevention over Worry: Shifting from anxiety about dementia to becoming an active ‘prevention warrior.’
  • Interdisciplinary Approach: The importance of integrating knowledge from various medical fields such as cardiology, endocrinology, sleep medicine, etc., for effective dementia prevention.
  • Early Detection & Action: Advocating regular cognitive assessments during annual check-ups and taking action based on results.
  • The Power of Lifestyle Changes: Emphasizing simple yet significant habits like walking 10 minutes thrice a day or ensuring good quality sleep.
  • Understanding Different Types of Dementia: Clarifying misconceptions between Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia among others.
  • Role of Medication & Substance Use: Cautioning against long-term use of anti-anxiety medication or excessive alcohol consumption which may impair cognitive function.

Dr. Clionsky also highlights the significance of maintaining social connections and mental stimulation in preserving cognitive health.

The Clionsky’s have created a checklist for anyone who wants to see where they are when it comes to dementia potential. It’s your chance to construct your individual Dementia Prevention Model. Your results will grade you as “on target,” near target,” or “off target.” Read more here and take the quiz.

Find them on Facebook. Meet them and their 2 beautiful dogs at https://braindoc.com/

If you find yourself near or off target and what a simple roadmap to get you to on target, check out my Power of 5 free email course. It’s all you need to give your body the advantages you need to age in good health–brain included.

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