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About the BrainyActive Challenge

On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20th, 2021, the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County will launch the 2nd Annual BrainyActive Challenge. BrainyActive introduces an important and hopeful message: we can take action to prevent and delay the onset of dementia.

Anyone can take the BrainyActive Challenge by doing a brain-boosting activity every day this September. Participants ask their communities to sponsor them, as they build dementia-busting habits and raise funds and awareness for dementia support in our region.

Did you know that you CAN prevent & delay dementia?

Many commonly known health risks can lead to the development of dementia such as poor diet, lack of exercise, an excess of alcohol, and head injury. There are also lesser-known factors such as lack of social interaction, hearing loss, and depression which can also contribute to dementia later in life.

Modest changes in behaviour can contribute to a healthier brain and fend off, or even prevent dementia.

No need to be overwhelmed. Just pick one thing. Then start the BrainyActive Challenge—your opportunity to start a new braintastic habit this September to fight dementia, while helping people living with dementia in Ottawa and Renfrew County.

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Here are some BrainyActivities that may help you to reduce your risk for dementia:

Be Heartful

  • Meditate for 10 minutes every day
  • Get 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Drink a glass of water instead of another alcoholic beer, wine or mixed drink
  • Cut back on caffeine
  • Quit smoking or vaping

Be Nourished

  • Reduce your added-sugar intake: have an apple instead of that glass of apple juice
  • Add a plant-based meal to your day

Be Connected

  • Connect with a friend or family member once a day: make a call, write a letter, have a video chat
  • Start a new hobby and spend time on it every day: Download a language app, learn an instrument, sing some scales, or pick up a paintbrush
  • Write an entry a day in a journal
  • Enjoy some silence for 30 minutes each day (turn off those devices!)

Be Moving

  • Go for a spin or a blade everyday—and don’t forget your helmet!
  • Get 21 minutes of vigorous cardio every day: run, jump, swim, boogie that third of an hour away
  • Pass on the elevator and take the stairs!

By participating in the BrainyActive Challenge, you will experience both immediate and long term results. You’ll increase your brain’s “cognitive reserve”: its ability to compensate for damage caused by dementia.

This challenge engages people to connect with their loved ones and community safely – both virtually and in-person – while respecting COVID measures.

Benefits of the Challenge

BrainyActive Challenge Sponsors

Founding Sponsor



About Baker Tilly Canada

With member firms from coast to coast, the Baker Tilly Canada Cooperative is one of the country’s largest associations of chartered professional accounting firms. As an all-Canadian network, we have a longstanding reputation for value-added audit, tax and advisory solutions, due to the depth and breadth of our in-house skills, customized offerings and service excellence. Through our strong network infrastructure, shared expertise, resources and offices across the country, our independent member firms provide clients ranging in size from large, publicly traded companies to owner-managed and emerging businesses with a full complement of professional services across every major industry sector.

Supporting Sponsors

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About The Dementia Society

Many people experience symptoms of dementia long before diagnosis. Many people are relieved to finally understand what is “going on” yet for others, the diagnosis creates fear and worry. What does it all mean, what does it mean for my spouse, partner, family, friends and future? All of these thoughts are natural and expected, and they need not overwhelm. The Dementia Society is here to walk with you, and to understand your goals and help you live them. We are your own community of support.

Did you know? You don’t need to be referred to the Dementia Society

Call Us Anytime. You don’t need to be referred by a medical professional or social worker to connect with the Dementia Society? Navigating care options for dementia is tough enough. We don’t add to that; rather we’re here to help with that and more. From dementia education to practical strategies for people living with dementia and their care partners, to fun, safe (now online!) activities like music and art. You can take advantage of these services at no cost.

Dementia Society Support

For more information on The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, please visit