INSPQ INSPQ Centre of expertise and reference in Public Health cognitive Health of Seniors: why and how to preserve it?
Physical and mental health have long been an important part of the health system. More recently, cognitive health has become a topic of interest in gerontology. Alzheimer's dementia, which constitutes the majority of major neurocognitive disorders, increases with age. The number and proportion of people aged 65 and over in Quebec is growing rapidly, reflecting, among other things, the aging of the large baby-boomer cohort. Currently, there is no cure for these diseases. However, it would be possible to act upstream to prevent or delay certain cognitive impairment and thereby reduce their impact.
As part of the Action Plan 2018-2023 A Quebec for all ages, which emerged from the aging and living together policy, at home, in its community in Quebec, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec is collaborating to "promote to health promotion workers in institutions of the health and social services network the conditions that promote good cognitive health, in order to enable them to improve their interventions with seniors" (measure 32).?
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This short synthesis document is intended for stakeholders in the health and social services network, particularly those working in public health and their partners. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the targets and levers that are within their reach to implement interventions related to the maintenance or preservation of cognitive health over the course of life, particularly in people aged 50 and over.? In the case of cognitive decline, it would be possible to delay it, and in the case of Alzheimer's dementia, it could be prevented or delayed. The purpose of the synthesis is to inform and equip these stakeholders in order to better understand the issue of cognitive health in Quebec. More publications on cognitive health will follow in the coming months.