At risk of dementia? A new study calls for participants…

People aged between 50 and 70 are being asked to volunteer for a new research study which is looking at whether a Healthy Brain Ageing (HBA) E-Health Platform can identify those who are ‘at risk’ of dementia.

Dementia is an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.

Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre have been working with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW on this new research study.

Participants will be asked to complete an online survey which includes questions about medical history, day-to-day functioning and cognition, sleep, nutrition, and physical activity level as well as a brief online cognitive assessment. The results will help with dementia care planning for the community.

(To find out more about a study that’s having success treating Alzheimer’s Disease with success click here.  And, for an informative blog on four things to do to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, click here.)

Professor Sharon Naismith, the Head of the Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic at the Brain and Mind Centre, said she was excited to launch this new and innovative study in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.

“This study represents the critical first step for us to deliver the Healthy Brain Ageing e-health platform, a custom-built online system designed by a team of dementia experts, in collaboration with older adults, for the identification of individuals at risk of experiencing cognitive decline or dementia,” Professor Naismith said.

“During this first phase of the project, we are seeking participants from across NSW to help us determine if our newly launched online assessments accurately screen for dementia risk factors and cognitive deficits in comparison to traditional clinical measures.

“Once validated, we aim to make the Healthy Brain Ageing e-health platform available to all Australians. The advantage of this form of e-health platform is that it will be accessible to older people living in rural and remote communities, who typically struggle to access cognitive assessments and health interventions. Given that the numbers of people living with dementia will quadruple over the next 30 years, low-cost, accessible targeted platforms such as this are urgently required.”

To be eligible to take the questionnaire, participants must be between the ages of 50 and 70 and have concerns about their thinking or memory.

As the study is analyzing people who are at risk of dementia, you are not eligible to take the questionnaire if you already have a diagnosis of dementia. As well, people between the ages of 50 and 70 who do not have concerns regarding cognition will also not be eligible.

You can find out more about the study, and go online to do the questionnaire, here.

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How can Oxley Home Care Help?

Oxley Home Care offers tailored, early intervention and health and lifestyle coaching to people with dementia. Each person assisted is treated as an individual with their own history, memories and likes/dislikes taken into consideration, with services offered from early onset dementia through to palliative dementia care.

Oxley Home Care’s support services for people with dementia and their carers include:

  • Personal care, showering, dressing, grooming, dental hygiene and denture care
  • Activities to assist and minimise behaviours
  • Preparing and serving of meals
  • Daily living support, including domestic assistance
  • Transport to social events
  • Shopping and errands
  • Companionship and leisure activities

In addition, Oxley Home Care’s respite support allows carers to rest and re-energise with peace of mind, on a regular basis.

To find out more about getting the right support and care for you or a family member with dementia, contact Oxley Home Care on 1300 993 591.

Gilian Douglass

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