Volunteers wanted for new dementia study

27 June 2017

Researchers at ANU are looking for people who are experiencing memory or other cognitive problems in daily life to take part in a new study on how to reduce the risk of dementia.

The study is a lifestyle intervention for people aged 65 years and over and who live in the ACT and surrounds.

In Australia more than 413,000 people live with dementia. By 2025 the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 536,164 with the number of new cases increasing by 650 people per day by 2056. People who experience cognitive problems are at an increased risk of developing dementia.

Mitchell McMaster from the ANU Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing said this was the fourth Body Brain Life study run by the Centre.

The study involves online education modules about how to reduce dementia risk, increase physical exercise, maintain a healthy brain diet and keep your brain active to reduce the risk of dementia.

"We are looking for people who experience memory of other cognitive problems in day to day life. So things like forgetting appointments, problems managing money or medications or problems with their attention or maintaining their train of thought," Mr McMaster said.

Mr McMaster said the study was aimed at modifying lifestyles to reduce the risk of developing dementia in the future.

"This is the first time we've run the study with people experiencing cognitive problems" he said.

"We're hoping that by taking part people will be able to live healthier, more active lifestyles and experience fewer cognitive problems in their daily lives and reduce their risk of developing dementia."

For more information on the Lifestyle Change Research Project or to participate phone 02 6125 6351 or email bblmci@anu.edu.au.