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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Your brain matters

 

Overview

The Your brain matters program aims to improve the brain health of all Australians with the goal of reducing the risk of dementia through preventative measures.

The program has a specific focus on reducing the risk of dementia among Indigenous Australians as a result of the Koori growing old well study, which found that the rate of dementia for Indigenous people was three times that of non-Indigenous people.

A series of culturally appropriate resources aimed at improving brain health among Indigenous people has been produced called Your story matters. The resources are focused on the five preventative measures outlined by the Your brain matters program:

  1. look after your heart
  2. keep your body active
  3. keep your brain thinking
  4. eat a healthy balanced diet
  5. mix well with others.

Your brain matters is an initiative of Alzheimer's Australia and is funded by the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund.

Abstract adapted from Alzheimer's Australia

Contacts

Alzheimer's Australia
1 Frewin Place
Scullin ACT 2614
Ph: (02) 6278 8924
Ph: (02) 6254 4233
Fax: (02) 6278 7225
Email: nat.admin@alzheimers.org.au

Related publications

Broe T, Radford K, Mack H, Draper B, Chalkley S, Bennett H, Cumming R, Robertson H, Daylight G, Pulver L, Hoskins S, Anderson M (2013)

Brain health and dementia in urban Aboriginal Australia: outcomes of the Koori growing old well study.

Paper presented at the Alzheimer’s Australia Fifteenth National Conference. 14–17 May 2013, Hobart, Tasmania

Physical activity for brain health and fighting dementia (2014)

Alzheimer’s Australia

This help sheet provides evidence-based information on the link between physical activity, maximising brain and lowering dementia risk.

The help sheet includes information on how physical activity helps your brain and they types of exercise to do, and how each type of exercise affects brain health.

The help sheet was produced by Alzheimer's Australia as a part of the Your brain matters program.

Abstract adapted from Alzheimer's Australia

Radford K, Mack HA, Robertson H, Draper B, Chalkley S, Daylight G, Cumming R, Bennett H, Jackson Pulver L, Broe GA (2014)

The Koori Growing Old Well Study: investigating aging and dementia in urban Aboriginal Australians.

International Psychogeriatrics; 26(6): 1033-1043

Your brain matters (2014)

Alzheimer’s Australia

This resource package provides information on five steps to improve brain health, which are:

  1. look after your heart
  2. be physically active
  3. mentally challenge your brain
  4. follow a healthy diet
  5. enjoy social activity.

The resources include a help sheet, a brochure and a booklet, and were produced by Alzheimer's Australia as a part of the Your brain matters program.

Abstract adapted from Alzheimer's Australia

Your story matters (2014)

Alzheimer’s Australia

This resource package provides information for Indigenous Australians on the five steps to improving brain health, which are:

  1. look after your heart
  2. keep your body active
  3. keep your brain thinking
  4. eat a healthy diet
  5. spend time with others.

The resources include a brochure, a flyer and a poster and were produced by Alzheimer's Australia as a part of the Your brain matters program.

Abstract adapted from Alzheimer's Australia

Links

 
Last updated: 8 April 2014
 
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