Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging launches online program to prevent dementia

Canada’s largest dementia research initiative, the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), has launched an innovative online program that offers seniors the opportunity to learn more about dementia, improve lifestyle risk factors and engage with researchers. The program, Brain Health PRO (BHPro), offers interactive digital educational modules to enable seniors to improve their physical and mental health and change their risk factors for dementia.

The bilingual program focuses on seven different risk areas for modifiable dementia: exercise, nutrition, sleep, psychological and social health, cognitive engagement, heart health, vision and hearing. For each, the program includes 10-minute educational videos, as well as interactive activities for users to complete. Participants will also receive wearable EEG headsets to measure their brain activity during sleep and accelerometers to track their physical activity. With the rise in dementia expected to affect nearly one million Canadians over the next 12 years, dementia prevention is becoming an increasingly urgent national health priority.

The launch of BHPro is part of a major research effort to find concrete ways to prevent dementia, with the ultimate goal of having huge benefits for the aging experience.”

Dr. Howard Chertkow, CCNA Scientific Director and Director of the Kimel Family Center for Brain Health and Wellness at Baycrest

“The Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC) is proud to support the launch of the BHPro through the CAN-THUMBS UP program,” said Dr. Saskia Sivananthan, Director of Research and KTE at ASC.

BHPro is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the CSA, and was created as part of the Canadian Therapeutic Platform for Multidomain Interventions to Prevent Dementia (CAN-THUMBS UP) Trial program, which is part of of the CCNA. The study will support 350 seniors across Canada who have at least one risk factor for dementia, with the goal of seeing participants’ dementia risk reduced throughout the one-year study. Please note that space is limited for research participants.

Karen O. Fielding