We all know Canadians are friendly and have big hearts, but did you know that many of the things you do to protect your heart will also help to reduce your risk of having dementia later in life?

According to the Canadian Senate, there are over 750,000 people living with dementia in our country. While this is staggering on its own, the future is even more frightening. By 2031, just ten years from now, this number will grow to over 1.4 Million, if we do not find a cure.

The Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation is committed to understanding and one day treating and curing the many forms of dementia. While our researchers work towards these goals, here are some behaviours that you can modify to help reduce your risk of developing dementia later in life.

Behaviours you can adopt to protect your brain, and your heart:

The Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention, and care originally published this list in 2017. In 2020, the report was updated and three new risk factors were added. (full report)

Being aware of these risks factors and doing what we can to minimize their impact on our health is part of the solution. What we also need is more research. The Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation is working to expand private support of medical research into the causes, prevention and treatment for the many forms of dementia. 100% of the donations we receive go to making more research possible.