Every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia, and it currently affects half a million Australians. But a new study released today found that many people still don't really understand the condition. Two-thirds of people surveyed wrongly thought dementia was caused by normal ageing, when in fact it is a neurodegenerative condition.
One in four people think nothing can done to prevent it - but evidence shows not smoking, treating high blood pressure, managing diabetes and increasing exercise can help.
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