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Dementia Prevention Strategies

Researchers now believe that 40 per cent or more of dementia cases can be prevented with lifestyle changes. It is never too early or too late to make changes to help improve brain health.

“There are at least 20 prevention strategies currently available that have the potential to slow cognitive decline and prevent various forms of dementia,” says Dr. Howard Chertkow, Scientific Director of Baycrest’s Kimel Family Centre for Brain Health and Wellness, and Director of Baycrest’s Anne & Allan Bank Centre for Clinical Research Trials.

“We know that Alzheimer’s disease starts to develop in the brain decades before the symptoms of memory loss become obvious,” adds Dr. Chertkow, who is also the Scientific Director of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, Canada’s largest dementia research network. “There are things people can start now to reduce their risk of dementia.”

Below are some of the things people can start doing now – at any age.


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