It’s probably pretty safe to say many of us dread the possibility of developing Alzheimer Disease or another form of dementia.
One of the reasons for that is the fact that we still don’t have effective treatments, despite decades of research.
But there is a bright spot. Thanks to research, we’ve also learned a great deal about the risk factors. And some are things that as individuals, we may have the power to change.
So what are things you can do that may reduce your risk of getting dementia later in life?
My heartfelt thanks to the interviewees who so generously shared their time and expertise:
- Dr. Nicole Anderson, Director of the Ben and Hilda Katz Inter-Professional Research Program in Geriatric and Dementia Care; Senior Scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute and Associate Director of the Kimel Family Centre for Brain Health and Wellness in Toronto, Ont.
- Dr. Teresa Liu Ambrose, a Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, which is part of both the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
- Dr. R. Jane Rylett, Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute of Health’s Institute of Aging, and a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, and a scientist at the Robarts Research Institute, and Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, Ont.