A recent study claims that forms of dementia like Alzheimer’s disease are not an inevitable part of the aging process. In fact, the researchers claim that more than one in three dementia cases might be preventable through nine lifestyle changes in different phases of your life.

There are currently more than five million Americans living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to increase to as high as 16 million by 2050.


But studies suggest that certain behaviors can help cut the risk of nearly 35 percent of dementia cases. Below are five things you can do to help cut your risk, and why they’re beneficial.