Step Up for Dementia Research

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StepUp for Dementia Research Timelines

Thursday May 23, 2019

1st March – The StepUp for Dementia Research website went live. 14th May – The helpdesk to accompany StepUp for Dementia Research opened, meaning that individuals in the community can register their interest in StepUp for Dementia Research over the phone or by post as well. 11th June – StepUp for Dementia Research ‘Go live’ event 13th […]

StepUp for Dementia Research in the News

Monday May 20, 2019

An article about StepUp for Dementia Research, titled “A way for many to help” has been published in The West on 20 May 2019. StepUp for Dementia Research is a new initiative that “has created a way for every interested person to get involved in dementia”, says Rhonda Parker, Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer’s WA. The online […]

Meet Eileen Taylor

Friday May 3, 2019

Eileen Taylor is a wife of fifty years, a mother to two sons and a toy poodle, and a grandmother to five. Eileen was a counsellor before she retired shortly after learning, at aged 59 years, that she has the gene for Alzheimer’s disease. Eileen describes living with dementia as having “my good days and […]

Low scam awareness in older adults related to dementia

Friday May 3, 2019

Do you usually listen to what telemarketers have to say?  Do you believe that if something sounds too good to be true, that it usually is? These were two of five questions presented to 935 dementia-free 76-86 year old research participants living in Chicago, and then totalled together to create a rudimentary score of scam […]

Australian dementia rates have dropped

Monday April 29, 2019

Dementia rates among older Australians accessing home or long-term care services are declining according to a large-scale evaluation undertaken by the SAHMRI-based Registry of Older South Australians. Using the largest sample of people accessing aged care services in Australia, the study examined two cohorts; (i) people who accessed long-term aged care, such as nursing homes, […]

New Exercise Hormone may Protect Against Brain Changes in Dementia

Tuesday April 2, 2019

We know exercise is good for our brain, but how? It is well known that regular exercise protects against cognitive decline.  The evidence underpins the World Health Organization recommendation that adults aged 65 years and over participate in a minimum 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week.  However, researchers haven’t yet been able to identify […]

Eat Your Greens and Berries for a Healthier Brain

Friday March 15, 2019

A study published last week by researchers from UNSW and ANU, found that eating a MIND diet, a Mediterranean- based diet with a few purposeful brain health tweaks backed by science, reduced the risk of dementia. What did the study do? The investigation followed 1220 people living in Canberra aged 60-64 years old, for a […]

Meet Jane Thompson

Monday March 11, 2019

The Dementia Experience should not be so Hard Jane Thompson’s husband, Alan Newsome, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when she was in her early fifties and he was 69; their son was in his last year of school. Alan died within four years of the diagnosis. Jane describes the whole experience as exceptionally challenging. “It […]

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