Stroke and Dementia

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Did you know …?
• Vascular dementia is the second-most common form of dementia after Alzheimer Disease, contributing to around 20 per cent of cases.

• Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in Canada – it is estimated that approx. 315,000 Canadians are living with the effects of stroke.

• More than 200,000 Ontarians are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

• This year, Ontarians caring for family members and friends with dementia will contribute an estimated 112 million unpaid caregiving hours. This number is expected to surpass 140 million hours by 2020.

• While the risk for dementia does increase with age, an estimated two to 10 per cent of all cases actually start before the age of 65.

• By the year 2031, all baby boomers will be 65 or over, and the population of older adults 80+ will have almost doubles that of 2013.

Stroke, dementia and heart disease share common risk factors, each increasing the odds of the other while the same healthy lifestyle can decrease the risks. By decreasing the risk of heart disease and stroke, the risk of dementia also decreases. So EAT WELL, MOVE, GET SOCIAL AND CHALLENGE YOUR BRAIN!

The following resources provide more information about the link between Stroke and Dementia

Video: Stroke, White Matter Disease and Alzheimer’s

Video: Stroke and Dementia