Dementia can be caused by a number of different disorders that affect the brain. The most common disease associated with dementia is Alzheimer's disease, which has been known to lead to problems with problem solving, critical thinking, and even speaking your first language. Dementia could also be caused by head trauma, a vitamin deficiency, Parkinson's disease, and medications, and if the cause is untreatable, the dementia will become progressively worse. Here are some ways you keep your brain healthy, and stop dementia in its tracks...

1. Stay socially connected.

Staying connected, and surrounding yourself with good friends, and people who make you feel good about yourself can help protect you from a variety of scary health conditions. This is because regular social experiences help to prevent the feelings, and harmful effects of loneliness, and isolation. Additionally, you can combine social interactions with regular exercise for even more incredible benefits.

2. Always keep your head protected.

If you are doing any type of action sport you should make sure that your head is protected at all times without question. Whether you're riding a bicycle, roller skates, a snowboard, or a skateboard you should always wear a helmet. Head injuries may cause you to lose consciousness, and possibly cause irreversible damage to your brain, and helmets are a great way to reduce your risk of head injury. So even when you're too old to have your parents remind you to wear your helmet, it would still be a good idea to put one on.

3. Make healthier lifestyle choices.

Two of the most damaging habits that have the highest chances of leading to chronic disease are unrestrained drinking, and cigarette smoking. People who smoke cigarettes daily put themselves at a 45% higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, than those who make the choice not to smoke. However, when it comes to alcohol the circumstances are a little bit different. Moderate drinkers who limit themselves to one alcoholic beverage a day actually had a lower risk of Alzheimer's than non drinkers.