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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New study confirms higher rates of dementia among indigenous people in the NT

A study published today in the Medical Journal of Australia has shown that the prevalence and incidence of dementia in the Northern Territory (NT) are higher than national estimates, and that these rates are approximately three times higher among indigenous than non-indigenous people.

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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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Cognitive training and dementia

Brain training is often promoted as a way of reducing the risk of dementia, and there is no question that a lifetime of stimulating and engaging mental activity can help to reduce (although unfortunately not eliminate) the risk of developing dementia.

However, less is know about whether cognitive training programs and interventions can help people with early to moderate dementia to slow the progression of the disease, or even to regain some of their mental function.

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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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Cholestorol increases risk of Alzheimer’s and heart disease

Cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease may seem worlds apart in terms of the parts of the body affected, but an increasing body of evidence is showing that brain health and heart health are closely connected and that high cholesterol may damage the brain and its blood vessels.

Researchers from the Linda Crnic Institute and the University of Colorado aimed to investigate whether there is a common pathogenic pathway by which ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) promotes the development of both atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

The study was carried out in two stages.

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