Healthy blood pressure 'can reduce dementia risk'

The importance of healthy living for over 50s has been highlighted by new research which suggests that good heart health can reduce the risk of dementia.

A report published in the medical journal Neurology has revealed a link between high blood pressure and an increased likelihood of mental health conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer's Research Trust states that such research emphasises the need for over 50s to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle after retirement.

Andrew Scheuber, a spokesman for the trust, warned older people against "vegetating" on the couch and instead encouraged them to maintain a healthy blood pressure by going out and eating a balanced diet.

He also emphasised the benefits of remaining socially active, which he described as "the best thing" over 50s can do to stay mentally healthy.

Mr Scheuber said: "It's about going out and meeting people and talking to people [or] perhaps doing voluntary work. Things like that are ideal for reducing dementia risk."

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