Physical Activity, Cognition, and Dementia

The overarching aim of the Brain and Body Lab is to identify ways to prevent dementia, and improve the well-being of those living with dementia.

Our focus is on harnessing the benefits of physical activity alone or in combination with other healthy lifestyle behaviours such as diet and cognitive training. We aim to generate new knowledge and translate knowledge into practice through partnerships with people living with dementia, care partners, and community stakeholders.

    Within our overarching aim, we include several research goals:

  • To understand the influence of exercise and other modifiable risk factors on cognition and dementia risk
  • To develop strategies to promote well-being of people living with dementia through healthy lifestyle (exercise, diet, social inclusion)
  • To improve inclusion of people living with mild cognitive impairment/dementia in community programs related to health & well-being

We engage people living with dementia, care partners, health care professionals, and community partners to make sure our research is relevant to the groups we aim to help, and to make sure our solutions are appropriate for translation to practice.

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You can reach us by phone or email:

Kayla Regan
Research Coordinator
kregan@uwaterloo.ca
(519) 888-4567 x 40395

Laura Middleton
Principle Investigator
laura.middleton@uwaterloo.ca
(519) 888-4567 x 33045

Our research takes place at two sites:

Centre for Community, Clinical, and Applied Research Excellence
University of Waterloo
Toby Jenkins Applied Health Research Building, Room 1103
340 Hagey Blvd.
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6R6

Brain and Body Lab
University of Waterloo
Expansion building, Room 2692
200 University Ave W
Waterloo, ON  N2L 3G1

Learn more about the research currently taking place in our lab!