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People With and Without Cognitive Concerns are Keen for Online Learning about Brain Health

Thursday, July 4th, 2024

Most of us can work hard, play hard, and socialise hard. In our busy lives, the quickest and easiest way to access information is through online means.  However, technology can also be a frustrating activity if we are not quite getting it -especially if we feel our brain does not work as well as it […]

Chocolate Could Help Age-Related Memory Decline in Those With a Low Quality Diet

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024

For years we have debated whether dark chocolate is good for our brain health[1]. The Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) set out to try to answer this once and for all[2].  In a sample of 3,562 predominantly white, highly educated older adults, half were randomly assigned a daily dose of 500mg of cocoa […]

Social Connections May Improve Your Chances of a Healthier Brain and Living Longer

Saturday, March 23rd, 2024

Are you debating whether to message your friend for a catchup this weekend? Maybe you are considering whether to pop in on your folks? The decision could have implications for your brain health, with a recent meta-analysis study suggesting that spending time with the people we love can reduce our risk of cognitive decline and […]

Fitting Medical Research into Advance Care Planning

Sunday, May 14th, 2023

How many of you have spoken with your loved ones about what type of care you would like to receive if you became seriously ill or injured or unable to say what you want? Advance care planning involves arranging with friends and family about what care you would like to receive, if you lost your […]

Good Neighbours Could Mitigate the Negative Impact of Living Alone

Saturday, April 1st, 2023

How often do you say hi to your neighbours? Because doing so, might help you – and them -live a little longer. An American study published earlier this year, set out to examine whether neighbourhood dynamics influenced the health of Chinese Americans who lived by themselves.[1] Everybody Needs Good Neighbours It is well documented that […]

Quality of Life Measures Available for Use in Aged Care

Friday, February 17th, 2023

How do we measure an individual persons’ quality of life? Two new consumer experience and quality of life assessment tools, designed to improve standards and transparency in aged care, are to be rolled out nationally this year. A team of researchers at Flinders University have been working on the measures, since the Royal Commission into […]

Age is not the problem, Ageism is: a Human Rights Report

Saturday, November 5th, 2022

Ageism can include how we think (stereotypes), how we feel (prejudice), and how we act (discrimination) towards people based on their age. Ageism may be more prevalent and socially accepted than sexism and racism, yet the least understood. In 2020 and 2021, the national Human Rights Commission released a report on Australians’ experience of age […]

Battling ageism: How Ita Buttrose is trying to change minds

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022

Ageism is associated with increased social isolation and loneliness, greater financial insecurity, decreased quality of life and even premature death. On Ageism Awareness Day (7 October), ABC chair Ita Buttrose, who is also our ambassador for StepUp for Ageing Research, is raising awareness about the discrimination and insecurities of ageing in the workforce particularly for […]

Pneumonia after Covid-19 Ups the Risk of Dementia

Monday, June 6th, 2022

There have been multiple reports of patients experiencing difficulties with their cognition after recovering from COVID-19[1]. Pneumonia has also previously been associated with the risk of a new diagnosis of dementia. However, a recent study has shown that adults who develop pneumonia after COVID-19 have a higher risk of a new diagnosis of dementia than […]

Covid-19 lockdowns contributing to faster deterioration in dementia patients

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

The sudden absence of human contact and mental stimulation during COVID-19 believed to have contributed to the deterioration of health conditions in people living with dementia. An article published in ABC NEWS highlighted the findings on the mental health impacts of Covid-19 on people living with dementia, their families and carers. A carer for a […]

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