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

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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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What: Brain Booster Workshop and Expo

When: Monday, Oct. 23, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Goff Hall, 381 Finkle St, Woodstock


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