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Changing the conversation around brain health and aging

By Susan Vandermorris      

Making space for honest, open conversations around aging can provide clarity to people who are unsure if they’re experiencing normal age-related memory changes or early signs of dementia.

The earlier we begin to take preventative measures, the better the odds for improving outcomes for brain health, writes Dr. Susan Vandermorris, and a healthy lifestyle extends beyond diet and exercise, and includes activities that spark from the well of creativity and community. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Nearly 600,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, and this number is growing. It’s important to challenge the belief that dementia is inevitable as we age. The truth is, dementia is not a natural part of getting older, although age remains the biggest risk factor. After 65, a person’s likelihood of developing dementia doubles every five years.

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