Reducing dementia risk: best evidence and challenges ahead

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Reducing dementia risk: best evidence and challenges ahead

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This presentation will review the recommendations on how to reduce the risk of later life dementia that came from the 5th Fifth Canadian Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia. Over a year we looked at the latest studies of risk reduction. On this webinar we will highlight some of the information across eight domains. Nutrition; physical activity; hearing; sleep; cognitive training and stimulation; social engagement and education; frailty; and medications.

For the most part it’s “just like your mother told ya” exercise, get enough sleep, engage with other people, don’t take too many medications, lead a life that stimulates your brain and so on. The details though can be a bit tricky. How much exercise? What type? Do I have to stop smoking? How much can I drink? Can I eat tasty food? The format will be to address some of the most common issues that come up and then take questions from that.


Laura Middleton, PhD, Associate Professor University of Waterloo

Laura Middleton is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and a research scientist at the Schlegel Research Institute for Aging. Her research aims to identify strategies to prevent dementia and promote wellbeing and independence among those living with dementia. She focuses on the influence of lifestyle, and specifically on the role of exercise alone and in combination with other therapeutic approaches (for example, cognitive training or healthy diet). She partners with people living with dementia, health care professionals, and community service providers to create accessible and effective solutions for people living with dementia in Canadian communities. One recent project (the ‘Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise’ project) aims to increase the quality and quantity of exercise programs accessible to people living with dementia by improving understanding of dementia, decreasing stigma, and promoting use of inclusive practices.

Kenneth Rockwood, MD, FRCPC, FRCP

Dr. Ken Rockwood is a Professor of Medicine (Geriatric Medicine & Neurology) and the Kathryn Allen Weldon Professor of Alzheimer Research at Dalhousie University. A leading authority on frailty, he has key roles on numerous studies in Canada and elsewhere. Ken received his MD from Memorial University in St. John’s, NL, completed training in Internal Medicine at the University of Alberta, and in Geriatric Medicine from Dalhousie University.

This integrated KTE webinar event is brought to you by brainXchange in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA).

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