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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Indigenous Australians at greater risk of dementia

Date posted: 16 May 2013

Indigenous people aged over 60 are three times more likely to develop dementia than the non-Indigenous population. A new study suggests that head injury may be a contributing factor.

Professor Tony Broe, the head of the Aboriginal health and ageing program at Neuroscience Research Australia, told Radio National's Samantha Donovan that potential protective factors for Indigenous people could include:

Factors linked to the risk of developing dementia included high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and diabetes, head injuries and, possibly, problems in early brain development.

Professor Broe said his team's research showed the need for more research and support services like the Koori dementia care project.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Commission


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Last updated: 20 May 2013
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