EP 1174

1174. Simple Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Dementia

Learn how to protect your brain health and reduce the risk of dementia with practical tips and personal insights from journalist and filmmaker Max Lugavere.

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In this episode of The Human Upgrade – Max Lugavere, a journalist and filmmaker, joins to discuss his new documentary “Little Empty Boxes.” Max shares his personal story of dealing with his mother’s dementia, offering a unique and heartfelt perspective on this challenging condition. You’ll learn about the significant role diet and lifestyle play in keeping your brain healthy and how you can lower your risk of developing dementia through simple, everyday actions. 

Max also shares the latest research on dementia, shedding light on the science behind prevention and early intervention. He explains why it’s crucial to start taking care of your brain health now, regardless of your age. Additionally, you’ll hear about the emotional impact of dementia on families and practical ways to support loved ones going through it. 

Tune in to gain valuable insights and actionable tips on how to protect your brain health and help others do the same. This episode is packed with practical advice that you can start applying today to make a real difference in your cognitive health and overall well-being. 


“Dementia is not just a disease of the elderly; it’s a crisis that affects families and communities. We must act now to prevent it.”


(00:01:04) Introduction: Max Lugavere’s personal connection to dementia. 

  • Max shares the personal story behind his documentary. 
  • The impact of dementia on families and caregivers. 

(00:04:51) The creation of “Little Empty Boxes” and its focus on dementia prevention. 

  • The journey of making the documentary over 10 years. 
  • The scientific insights and personal anecdotes featured in the film. 

(00:12:27) The role of diet and lifestyle in dementia prevention. 

  • How dietary choices affect brain health. 
  • The importance of a holistic approach to preventing neurodegenerative diseases. 

(00:16:32) Understanding the broad impact of dementia on families. 

  • The emotional and financial toll of dementia. 
  • Stories from the documentary that highlight these challenges. 

(00:21:10) Insights into dementia research and the importance of early intervention. 

  • Current research trends in dementia prevention. 
  • The significance of early lifestyle changes. 

(00:29:17) The link between chronic disease and dementia. 

  • How chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension increase dementia risk. 
  • Strategies to manage and mitigate these risks. 

(00:33:27) Discussing the prevalence and risk factors of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. 

  • The statistics and projections for dementia globally. 
  • Understanding genetic vs. lifestyle risk factors. 

(00:38:34) The importance of being proactive about brain health. 

  • Practical steps to enhance cognitive resilience. 
  • Max’s advice on daily habits for brain health. 

(00:40:54) Addressing myths and misconceptions about dementia. 

  • Common misconceptions and their impact on prevention efforts. 
  • Clarifying the role of genetics and lifestyle in dementia. 

(00:50:18) Practical tips for reducing dementia risk. 

  • Actionable advice for diet, exercise, and mental health. 
  • Resources and tools to support dementia prevention. 

(00:55:10) Max’s final thoughts and call to action. 

  • The importance of raising awareness and taking action. 
  • How to get involved and support dementia research and care. 


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