As stroke is one of the main risk factors for developing aphasia, taking steps to prevent a stroke will in turn help reduce the risk of aphasia
There is no guaranteed method of preventing aphasia. However, there is some general lifestyle advice that can reduce your risk of developing conditions that are associated with aphasia, such as Alzheimer’s disease (or other forms of dementia) or stroke.
For example, you should:
- stop smoking (if you smoke)
- avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol
- eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day
- use a combination of exercise and a calorie controlled diet to achieve a healthy weight, which is particularly important if you are overweight or obese
- exercise for at least 30 minutes each day because this will improve both your physical and mental health
- stay mentally active, for example, by reading, writing or taking an adult education course
Below is a list of topics that provide more detailed information and advice about the conditions that are associated with aphasia.
- Alzheimer’s disease - prevention
- Dementia - prevention
- Healthy eating
- Lose weight
- Quitting smoking
- Stroke - prevention