As of 2020, there were nearly 600,000 Canadians living with dementia1. The majority of those with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease, with the condition accounting for 60 to 80% of all diagnoses2. And, as the population continues to age, it is expected that those numbers could increase significantly over the next few decades.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
The most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that destroys brain cells, causing thinking ability and memory to deteriorate over time. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging and is irreversible3.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a broad term that describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss, changes in mood, and difficulties with thinking, problem solving and language4.
Dementia can be isolating and can have a negative impact on mental health and wellbeing. Staying connected is essential for those suffering from all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. In Canada, there are resources available to help people living with dementia stay socially connected.
Bringing People Together With Access+
Board games foster a sense of community, belonging and fun. They provide a unique way to connect and enjoy special moments with the people we care about. And although standard board games offer many benefits, they can sometimes prove challenging for people with cognitive conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease. Backed by research, Access+ games help nurture positive emotions and social interaction, while sparking joy in discovering (or rediscovering) the pleasure of playing together.
For more information about Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, please visit the Alzheimer Society of Canada.