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A new program for older adults with high dementia risk


Media Release republished from UNSW Newsroom. Read the original article here.

CEPAR Deputy Director Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey from UNSW Science was awarded $1.99 million in the latest round of Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funding, for a project on ‘Chronic disease risk reduction in older adults with high dementia risk.’

“People experiencing problems or changes in their memory and thinking are at increased risk of dementia, yet lifestyle modification can reduce this risk,” Scientia Professor Anstey said. 

The lifestyle intervention trial called ‘CogCoach’ provides people with mild cognitive problems with education about dementia and brain health. It targets physical activity, diet, and cognitive activity with practical interventions using behaviour change strategies.

“Unfortunately access to lifestyle interventions is often difficult or limited for people with mild cognitive difficulties, and yet adopting a healthier lifestyle may in fact improve brain health as well as general health. CogCoach addresses this unmet need,” Scientia Professor Anstey said.