What you don’t know about de­men­tia

Re­cent stud­ies sug­gest lack of sleep, re­duced hear­ing, con­cus­sion and stroke could all con­trib­ute to a de­men­tia di­ag­no­sis

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - NEWS - HEATHER RIVERS

What kind of a role does lack of sleep, loss of hear­ing in mid­dle age, con­cus­sion and stroke play when it comes to de­men­tia?

Re­cent stud­ies have sug­gested that these four fac­tors could con­trib­ute to whether a per­son will be di­ag­nosed in their later years.

On Oct. 23 the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Ox­ford is host­ing their sec­ond an­nual Brain Booster Work­shop and Expo.

The free event is open to every­one in the com­mu­nity.

“We are do­ing this to bring ed­u­ca­tion to the pub­lic and make peo­ple aware of brain health and what peo­ple can do to keep their brains ac­tive,” said the so­ci­ety’s ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor Dana Fal­low­field.

Au­di­ol­o­gist Jil­lian Price, from Lis­ten Up Canada, will share her ex­per­tise on hear­ing loss.

“Some re­search sug­gests that one in four adults over 50 ex­pe­ri­ence

hear­ing is­sues,” Fal­low­field said. “One study sug­gested that un­treated hear­ing loss dur­ing midlife can in­crease a per­son’s risk of de­men­tia in later life by nine per cent.”

Pub­lic health nurse Kelly Van­der­ho­even will also speak about po­ten­tial reper­cus­sions of sus­tain­ing a con­cus­sion dur­ing adult­hood.

Margo Col­lver of the South­west­ern On­tario Stroke Network will dis­cuss the im­pacts of stroke.

“We know from the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion that stroke hap­pens when blood flow to your brain is in­ter­rupted and cells are dam­aged and die,” Fal­low­field said. “Hav­ing a stroke dou­bles your risk of hav­ing de­men­tia.”

Stephanie Dance of Accq Sleep Labs in Paris will speak about how a lack of sleep can im­pact our phys­i­cal and men­tal health.

“A re­cent study from Sta­tis­tics Canada shows that one-third of Cana­di­ans aren’t get­ting enough sleep,” Fal­low­field said.

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