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2022-23 Distinguished Lecture: Can We Prevent Some Dementias Now?

Can We Prevent Some Dementias Now?
The Role of Healthy Aging, Frailty, and Lifestyle Interventions

Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 6:30pm
Education Auditorium (EA 106)

Open to the public. Admission is free.

Free parking is available at University of Regina meters, M, and Z parking lots after 5pm.

​* In order to maximize inclusiveness during the presentation, we encourage masking while in the room. Masks will be available at the entrance.

The opportunity to delay or prevent up to 30% of dementia cases through the active management of vascular risk factors, notably hypertention, reducing smoking, managing diabetes mellitus and obesity is increasingly recognized as the potentially most effective approach to prevent and/or delay dementia. This is ever more compelling by the failure of approved pharmaceutical therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. Indeed, the last drug approved for symptomatic treatment by Health Canada was Mamantine in 2004.

Even a modest delay of 1 year in the onset of dementia by reducing cognitive decline and functional disability has been projected to save the Canadian health care system $120 billion over the next 3 decades. Current evidence identifies cognitive training, physical exercise aerobic and resistance type, and management of blood pressure, as interventions having the most scientific evidence, while metabolic disorders, depression, sleep quality, diet and social engagement have been identified as priority areas for future research. Relevant research evidence will be presented.

Dr. Montero Odasso (MD, PhD, FRCPC, AGSF, FGSA) Western University, Ontario is a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University (Ontario) and is Director of the “Gait & Brain Lab” at Parkwood Institute, London, Ontario. He is a geriatrician and clinician-scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute and serves as team Leader at the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) and team co-leader at the Ontario Neurodegenerative Research Initiative (ONDRI). He leads the Gait and Brain Health Program with the goal of understanding mechanisms and potential treatments of mobility and cognitive decline in older individuals.

Distinguished Lecture Parking 27 Apr 2023