Reducing the Risk or Delaying the Onset of Dementia
The population on the island of Ireland is ageing. Given that ageing is the biggest risk factor for dementia; both jurisdictions face a substantial rise in the number of people with dementia in the coming decades. This puts dementia risk reduction at the heart of policy in NI and ROI and makes continued research and awareness in the area a key priority. While age, gender and genetics play a role in the development of dementia, an increasing body of evidence has emerged in the international literature to highlight the role of modifiable risk and protective factors in exacerbating or reducing an individual’s risk of developing dementia in later life. In this section you can expect to find the growing number of papers exploring these issues in an Irish context.