It's predicted that there will be almost one million Australians with the condition by 2050 and 10 times as many family members and friends suffering indirectly from its effects. Whilst this is a challenge, there are some simple steps we can all take to age well and reduce the risk of dementia.
You're never too young to start thinking about a sensible ageing well plan — waiting until your 60s and thinking, 'I don't want to get dementia, I'd better look at my risk factors' isn't a great option — there is so much we can all do to age well, starting with attending an Ageing Well for Life seminar.
Led by Professor Kaarin Anstey, Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and global leader in dementia and ageing research, this special seminar series is designed to help you learn how you can take steps to age well and reduce your risk of dementia.
Sydney: Tuesday 19th June
When/where: 11am-1pm at the Sydney Town Hall
Learn how to reduce risks around dementia with keynote speaker Professor Kaarin Anstey; Dr Bill Brooks talks about early onset Alzheimer's and what to look for; Professor Stephen Lord speaks about why strength and balance exercises are very important as we age and how to reduce your risk of falls; Prof Jacqueline Close shares insights into her research area in falls in people with cognitive impairment and dementia.
Melbourne : Wednesday 20th June
When/where: 11am-1pm at The National Gallery of Victoria
Learn how to reduce risks around dementia with keynote speaker Professor Kaarin Anstey; Dr Hanna Hensen talks about the importance of sleep and ageing, discussing how much sleep you really need; Dr Bill Brooks talks about early onset Alzheimer's, what to look for and new research; Associate Professor Julie Brown shares how to keep you driving safer for longer as you age; and Associate Professor Kylie Radford speaks about critical dementia education in rural indigenous communities.
National online series: Thursday 21st June
For more information on what individuals can do, watch NeuRAtalks on dementia risk factors at www.neuratalks.org. All seminars will go live nationally at 7pm AEST.
Can't make the seminars? Text Kit to 0437 390 530 to request your free Ageing Well Kit from NeuRA, featuring the work of leading NeuRA scientists in the field of dementia and ageing.
This article is sponsored by NeuRA