Protect Your Brain Health

You can reduce your risk of developing dementia by up to 40% if you adopt a brain-healthy lifestyle. Small changes can make a big impact.

In Ottawa and Renfrew County, 24,000 people are currently living with dementia. Our dementia population is expected to grow to slightly less than 60,000 by the year 2050.

You can change the story by participating in brain-health-promoting lifestyle practices. By making even a few changes to your lifestyle you can change the story. 

8 Healthy Habits That Help Prevent Dementia

Care for Your Heart

Track your numbers and keep them in the recommended ranges: Track your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and weight.

Be Physically Active

Aim for 30 minutes of activity most days.

Eat Healthy

Follow Canada’s Food Guide: plenty of vegetables and fruits, limit highly processed foods and make water your drink of choice.

Be Social

Maintain frequency of visits with friends and family members.

Challenge Your Brain

Expose your brain to new things. Do more than one type of activity.

Protect Your Head

Wear a helmet during sporting activities. Avoid situations where a fall is possible.

Sleep Well

Get 7-8 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. Have a regular sleep routine. Try relaxation techniques.

Care for Your Mental Health

Talk about your mental health. Build resilience. Practice all the other brain healthy choices.

Improve Your Nutrition, Mindfulness, and Activity Practices

Dementia Education

Learn about dementia and brain health with The Dementia Society’s learning guides and resources.

Activities and Programs

Find the many ways The Dementia Society supports those affected by dementia, so they feel connected and supported in our community.

Activities and Programs

Find the many ways The Dementia Society supports those affected by dementia, so they feel connected and supported in our community.

Dementia Inclusive Training

Dementia-Inclusive Training and certification are available at no charge and can be delivered virtually, on-demand or in-person and on-site at business and organization locations.

Yes, we CAN prevent and delay some forms of dementia.

Explore More Educational Resources on Dementia Prevention and Brain Health

Dementia Education

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Learn about long term care, how to apply and making the transition. Delivered in patnership by Home and Community Care Ontario Health East, The Dementia Society, and a caregiver with lived experience.

Dementia Education

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1 in 5 Canadians has experience supporting a person living with dementia. Get practical tips for caring and communcating with a person living with dementia.

Dementia Education

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Many people impacted by dementia find themselves isolated due to the stigma of the illness, whether they are a person living with a diagnosis or a caregiver. Dementia Inclusive Training is a one-hour in-person, on-site or online training module that sensitizes business and service providers and individuals to the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers. Learn strategies for approaching and communicating with a person living with dementia, and gain perspective on environmental considerations to optimize your place of business for people living with dementia and their caregivers.

Dementia Education

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Learn about the scope of dementia in Canada and our region, typical signs and symptoms and where to find help.

Dementia Education

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Many people impacted by dementia find themselves isolated due to the stigma of the illness, whether they are a person living with a diagnosis or a caregiver. Dementia Inclusive Training is a one-hour in-person, on-site or online training module that sensitizes business and service providers and individuals to the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers. Learn strategies for approaching and communicating with a person living with dementia, and gain perspective on environmental considerations to optimize your place of business for people living with dementia and their caregivers.

Dementia Education

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Yes, we can prevent and delay some forms of dementia. Learn about brain health and memory wellness to build brain resilience and fend off dementia.

Dementia Education

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Dementia can be highly isolating for a person living with this illness and for the people caring for them. Get practical tips to help make our community more welcoming and inclusive for people impacted by dementia.

Dementia Education

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Legal and financial planning information session to help prepare for today and tomorrow. Learn about how to managing finances, power of attorney, disability credits, taxes and more. The presentation is delivered by a experienced accountant

Dementia Education

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Designed for carepartners and caregivers who play a pivotal role in the lives of people living with dementia. It’s the second step in enhancing knowledge of dementia and skills needed to support the changing needs of someone living with dementia, communication and how to support the person with dementia.