Risk Reduction

MAXCOG: ‘Maximising cognition’ in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment

As we age, it is likely we will experience age related cognitive changes, but healthy older adults usually remain capable of living independently throughout their lives. For some, the cognitive changes they experience may seem worse than their peers and they can lose confidence for more challenging activities such as organising a dinner party, managing legal and financial matters, learning a new hobby or how to use a new computer. 

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Diabetes and dementia

Diabetes is a known risk factor for the development of dementia, but the details of this association have not been determined.

The number of people with diabetes in the global population is increasing. This increase in diabetes prevalence will impact on the number of people with dementia, but the scale of this influence is unpredictable with the current data. Quantifying this relationship will allow better and targeted health policy so we can prepare for the future.

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Preventing cognitive decline in healthy seniors

Cognitive training exercises - or brain training - may help prevent cognitive decline in healthy older adults, according to a review published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Dr Raza Naqvi and a team of researchers from the Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Toronto reviewed recent randomised controlled trials to summarise the latest evidence for physicians and their patients to help manage cognitive decline.

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eHealth tools for improving brain-heart health

Can interactive eHealth tools encourage people to assess their own health behaviours and change their habits in ways that might reduce their risk of dementia?

This is one of the questions being explored by Dr Maree Farrow, Dr Elodie O’Connor and Dr Chris Hatherly from Alzheimer’s Australia and the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (DCRC) – Early Diagnosis and Prevention.

The researchers are conducting a project to find out what works best to improve people’s knowledge about dementia risk reduction and increase their motivation to do more for their brain health.

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