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Grand River Hospital, Freeport Campus

3570 King St E

Sunlife Town Hall

Kitchener, ON N2A 2W6

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Title: Physical Activity: Impact & Accessibility among Persons Living with MCI/Dementia

Abstract: There is an increasing focus within research and care to identify strategies to help people living with cognitive impairment to ‘live well’. In this talk, Dr Middleton will discuss what living well with dementia might mean, and the evidence that supports physical activity as a therapeutic strategy to improve functional, physical, social and possibly cognitive health and well-being among people living with MCI or dementia. She will discuss recent initiatives to understand the supports needed for exercise among people living with MCI and dementia, with a vision to improve the quality and number of exercise opportunities accessible to people living with MCI or dementia.

About Dr. Laura Middleton

Laura Middleton is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. She is also a research scientist at the Schlegel Research Institute for Aging and an affiliate scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Her research aims to identify strategies to prevent dementia and to improve the lives of those with the condition, with a focus on lifestyle factors. Her research integrates epidemiological, experimental, clinical trial, and qualitative approaches towards this aim. She focuses primarily on the influence of physical activity and exercise on cognition and dementia risk, as well as on function and well-being of people living with dementia. Her recent work has explored the creation and evaluation of exercise programs to improve the cognitive, physical, and social health of people living with mild cognitive impairment or dementia in the ‘real-world’. She is also the site lead for the Synergic Trial, a randomized controlled trial of exercise, cognitive training, and vitamin D for people with mild cognitive impairment. She completed her Ph.D. at Dalhousie University and postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California San Francisco Sunnybrook Research Institute. She is also an avid rower who competed for the Canadian national team.


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Grand River Hospital, Freeport Campus

3570 King St E

Sunlife Town Hall

Kitchener, ON N2A 2W6

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