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To continue your brain health journey

Brain Health

A mentally active lifestyle (reading widely, visiting museums, or learning a new skill) can greatly benefit your brain health.

Participating in activities and hobbies that put you in a positive mood can help your brain function at its fullest.

Exercising regularly helps reduce cardiovascular risk factors which can lead to better cognitive health.

As you get older you lose some nerve connections but exercising your mind helps to maintain or grow new ones.

Eating a nutritious, balanced diet with high intake of fruits and  vegetables, vitamins and healthy fats can help your brain.

Avoid harmful substances. Smoking, excessive alcohol and drug abuse will damage your brain capacity.

Keep a close eye on your medical conditions, e.g., high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Ask your GP for a memory screen to check up on your brain, just as you would with any other health issue.

A healthy lifestyle is key to the prevention of disease and disability. Almost 50% of Australian dementia cases are influenced by lifestyle factors. Making small and targeted changes to your daily routine can significantly reduce your risk of dementia.

For tips on a brain-healthy lifestyle and where to get help visit:
https://www.dementia.org.au/risk-reduction 
https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/dementia-prevention 
https://www.brainfoundation.org.au/healthy-brain

What to do if you are concerned about your memory? Your GP will be your first port of call. You can also refer to the resources from Dementia Australia:

Cognitive Stimulation

How to look after your mind

General information about living a healthy lifestyle, pointers for a healthy brain

Brain game booklets

Brain training apps

Language learning resources

Eating Well

Socially Active

Tips on how to stay socially active

Volunteering opportunities for older adults

Our Current Research Studies

Study 1: Brain Bootcamp

Study 2: Interviews

Study 3: Virtual Reality

This study aims to evaluate the impact of our Brain Bootcamp initiative on older adults’ awareness of dementia. Seniors in NSW are invited to join in our Brain Bootcamp program for three months and complete a series of questionnaires about brain health. 

This study is currently closed and the team is preparing data analyses. If you would like to know more please contact our team.

This study is currently inviting 40 Brain Bootcamp registrants to find out more about their views on dementia prevention strategies and how we can further improve participation and impact of the Brain Bootcamp initiative. 

 

For further information please contact our team.

Our team has recently developed a new virtual reality memory game. This study aims to assess whether virtual reality technology can accurately measure cognitive function. To participate, seniors are asked to play our online memory game as well as undertake a memory screening assessment over the telephone. If you would like to take part, or know more, please contact our team or read our information sheet.