While age, genes and family history play a role in an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, adopting healthy lifestyle choices can keep the brain healthy and may help reduce the risk of developing the disease.
Some findings suggest that the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease may begin long before symptoms appear, and up to half the cases of Alzheimer’s disease worldwide may be the result of several key risk factors, including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, depression and cognitive and physical inactivity. By the time you’re 65 years old, you have an eight per cent chance of receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
While there are no guarantees when it comes to preventing Alzheimer’s disease, physical activity, a healthy diet and a commitment to life-long learning and enriching social interactions are essential to help reduce your risk and may even help slow disease progression.
The Alzheimer Society of Durham Region (ASDR) offers resources and programming to help those living with dementia and their care partners reduce stress and keep their minds and bodies active.
Our groups and education programs help those living with dementia and care partners feel supported through all aspects of the disease and its progression. Our Family Support Team completed over 3,500 virtual visits in 2020, and our Community Education Team provided education sessions to over 4,000 group participants in 2021!
Last year we offered 72 online social and recreation group sessions, like our Minds in Motion® program, to 680 participants! Minds in Motion® is an evidence-based program that includes physical activity, social and mind-stimulating activities. The program is a lifeline, helping to reduce isolation and stigma. In fact, after one Minds in Motion® session, 41 per cent of participants reported improvements in well-being, and 31 per cent of people living with dementia increased their self-efficacy!
For over 40 years, the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of those living with dementia, their care partners and families in our community. For more information about our programs and services visit www.alzheimer.ca/durham, call 905-576-2567, toll-free 1-888-301-1106 or email [email protected].