When news broke that 66-year-old David Cassidy, known for "The Partridge Family," is suffering from dementia it struck a cord. As the U.S. population continues to age, more people are facing the diagnosis personally or caring for loved ones fighting it.
Mercy Clinic Dr. John Campbell, board certified in geriatric and family medicine, discusses the different types of dementia as well as warning signs and prevention.
According to Dr. Campbell, while genetics do play a role, a family history doesn't necessarily mean you will develop dementia. Risk factors, on the other hand can be addressed, "These are the things you can fix. You can't fix your genes, but you can stop smoking and eat healthy."
A good rule of thumb, anything that's good for the heart is good for the brain.