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Reduce Your Chances of Alzheimer's. Here's How.

Release Date: April 2, 2024 |  Run Time: 35:04 |  Download Episode 2 transcript

In the time that it takes to say this sentence – three seconds - someone in the world will develop dementia, a group of symptoms impacting memory, thinking, mood, behaviour and the ability to complete everyday tasks. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia.

With people living longer, even into their 90s and beyond, dementia is becoming the biggest and most consequential global health threat of our time. But, according to a landmark study in The Lancet medical journal, there are 12 modifiable risk factors that can reduce your chances of getting dementia at any age - by up to 40 %.

In this episode of Your Complex Brain, we discuss:

  • The 12 modifiable risk factors noted in the Lancet study, and which are most impactful in reducing your chances of developing disease.
  • What the latest science says about the role of exercise in preventing neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and dementia, and also how exercise can also improve cognition and other symptoms, post-diagnosis.
  • Which types of exercises are best to focus on, at any age.

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Bonus Content: Hear more about why Maria Martinez calls her role as a social worker at UHN's Memory Clinic, rewarding.

Maria Martinez | Run Time: 13:23 |  Download bonus content transcript


Maria Martinez  
Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez graduated with a Master's degree from the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto in 2000. She has worked in different capacities as a medical social worker, in inpatient acute care settings as well as outpatient clinics. She has been working at the UHN Memory Clinic since 2007. She also holds the position of Adjunct Lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. When she is not working, she enjoys travelling, dancing and spending time with her two daughters, family and friends.

Dr. Carmela Tartaglia  
Dr. Carmela Tartaglia

Dr. Carmela Tartaglia is a Clinician Scientist at UHN's Krembil Brain Institute and an associate professor at the University of Toronto. She maintains a cognitive/behavioural clinic within the UHN Memory Clinic, where she sees patients with neurodegenerative diseases and persisting symptoms of concussion. As well, she is interested in the delayed effects of concussions. She holds the Marion and Gerald Soloway Chair in Brain Injury and Concussion Research and is one of the principle investigators at the Canadian Concussion Centre. The goal of her research program is to develop biomarkers for early detection of disease, so as to bring precision medicine and targeted, early treatments to her patients.

Dr. Laura Middleton  
Dr. Laura Middleton

Dr. Laura Middleton is an Associate Professor and the Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia and Active Living in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She is also an affiliate Scientist at KITE, at UHN. Dr. Middleton's research focuses identifying lifestyle strategies to reduce dementia risk and promote the well-being of people living with dementia. She engages people living with dementia, care partners, health care professionals and community service providers on her research teams to co-develop meaningful solutions. In her spare times, Dr. Middleton enjoys rowing – when the weather is amenable – and driving her kids to all their activities!​​

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