Whereas smart people enjoy many advantages including their longer and healthier lives, older men are not well-known for taking care of their health. Eubie Blake’s humour reveals a lifetime of ignorance about his right or wrong health choices. He showed with wit that these may not become personally relevant until old age. Although older adults are sometimes more fearful of dementia than they are of cancer or stroke, few are aware of those life style choices that could have lowered their personal dementia risk. Current trials try to find ways to promote brain protection against age-related neurodegenerative diseases. For the most frequent forms of late onset dementia, these trials no longer “clutch at straws”. Investigation of potentially modifiable dementia risk factors means that life course-based brain protection strategies are now on firmer ground and should be accepted as soundly-based [
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Lancet Neurol. 2016; 15: 455-532https://doi.org/10.1016/S1474-4422(16)00062-4
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