• Screening for dementia

    Open Forum     |      July 9, 2024

    A new self-reporting tool developed by Murdoch University is set to transform the early detection and management of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

  • It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      June 8, 2024

    UNSW experts say it’s never too late, nor too early, to adopt healthy habits that can delay the onset of dementia.

  • Would you want to know you’ll get dementia?

    Open Forum     |      September 29, 2023

    A simple, cheap and non-invasive blood test could help predict a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease up to 20 years before symptoms show, although the blight that might cast over their lives means it might not be news people want to know.

  • Warding off dementia

    Zimu Wu     |      July 27, 2023

    Research shows that maintaining social connections as well as keeping mentally and physically active are important steps to delaying or avoiding age-related deterioration.

  • Australia’s dementia crisis

    Emi Berry     |      May 7, 2022

    Half a million Australians have some form of dementia, and a million and a half more people are involved in their care, a figure expected to triple by 2050 as the population ages overall.

  • Hitting the brain gym

    Open Forum     |      October 3, 2021

    The benefits of physical exercise are well known in staying healthy in later life, but enjoying crosswords, sudoku and chess can also help to lower the risk of dementia.

  • The heavy toll of dementia

    Open Forum     |      September 30, 2021

    Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the number of people living with it is continuing to increase, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

  • Acting now to prevent dementia

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2021

    Dementia prevention needs to be Australia’s next public health area of focus, as the nation heads towards a projected number of one million people with dementia by 2056.

  • Healthy lifestyles and exercise help keep dementia at bay

    Cheryl Critchley     |      December 30, 2018

    Dementia cases have doubled over the past 25 years, creating enormous health challenges around the world. While its causes remain complex, mounting evidence suggests that regular exercise can help avoid or postpone it.

  • Memories are made of this – Tackling dementia with music therapy

    Imogen Crump     |      September 21, 2018

    A new global study, led by the University of Melbourne, is bringing music in as medicine to treat people with dementia and depression.

  • Drammed if you do, drammed if you don’t

    Open Forum     |      August 11, 2018

    French and UK researchers have found a link between both abstaining from alcohol, and drinking more than two units a day during our midlife, and an increased risk of developing dementia.