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Ageing population means impact of dementia steadily on the rise

Dementia has overtaken coronary heart disease as the leading cause of 'disease burden' among Australians aged 65 and over.

Significant reform areas ignored in National Dementia Action Plan: experts

The Albanese Government’s 10-Year Dementia Action Plan is aiming for greater public awareness of dementia, and excellent post-diagnostic support for those living with the condition, as well as their carers. However, many in the sector are concerned that it fails to address a range of royal commission rcommendations, particularly in regards to human rights of people living with dementia. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to several leading advocacy body heads.

Women’s greater dementia risk may be linked to disadvantage

A large international study of dementia risk involving almost 30,000 people from 18 countries covering all six continents suggests that social and economic disadvantage may explain the higher risk of the condition in women.

Understanding the link between alcohol consumption and risk of dementia

A recent study led by Dr Louise Mewton at UNSW’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) has reignited the debate about whether low levels of drinking could be positive for health.

World-first study of centenarians looks at prevalence of dementia

New research led by CHeBA has addressed the issue of limited understanding of the prevalence of dementia in centenarians and near-centenarians (aged 95+) and whether the risk of dementia continues to rise beyond 100.

Aussies impacted by dementia urged to contribute to National Dementia Action Plan consultation

Dementia Australia is calling for people living with dementia, their families and carers, as well as health, disability and aged care professionals, and academics to contribute to the the consultation process of the Department of Health and Aged Care's National Dementia Action Plan.

Handy new neuropsychology tool streamlines cognitive assessment, diagnosis and care

A national collaboration between experts from 17 institutions, led by the University of Melbourne, has unveiled a new tool to accelerate a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. An early and timely diagnosis of dementia is of critical importance for securing high-quality care.

One in 10 older Americans has dementia: new research

The first nationally representative study of cognitive impairment in the United States in more than 20 years has found that nearly one in 10 American adults over age 65 have dementia.

Innovative new free app helps support brain health and early dementia diagnosis

Dementia Australia has launched a free mobile app, BrainTrack, that aims to help people to privately monitor and better understand suspected changes in their cognition over time. The app provides brain health information through fun, travel-themed games that have been adapted from validated cognitive testing.

Poor gait and weak hand grip may be early indicators of dementia: new research

Walking speed and grip strength could be early indicators of dementia before the onset of noticeable symptoms, a new Monash University study has revealed.

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