Spanish speaking community says 'Bienvenido' to BrainyApp

20 February, 2014

Spanish-Australian comedian and actor Simon Palomares today launched the Spanish language version of the award-winning BrainyApp.

Developed by Alzheimer’s Australia in partnership with the Bupa Health Foundation, the original BrainyApp was launched in late 2011 as the world’s first risk reduction app in the global fight against dementia.

The new Spanish version, BrainyApp español, is the first non-English translation of BrainyApp, which helps users to monitor and improve the physical, mental, dietary and social aspects of their lifestyle.

“As a Spanish speaker myself, I am delighted that this innovative and vital resource has been made accessible to the Spanish-speaking community,” Simon said.

Based on scientific research that links brain health to a reduced risk of developing dementia, BrainyApp and BrainyApp español assist people in monitoring and improving their Brain-Heart health.  

“The development of a Spanish version of BrainyApp demonstrates our commitment to improving healthcare outcomes for everyone in our community,  including people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” Bupa Health Foundation spokesperson, Dr Daniel Valle Gracia, said.

“It’s important that people from all backgrounds and cultures can access the right tools to help them improve their brain health as early as possible, since the changes in the brain that lead to dementia can start when people are in their 20s, 30s and 40s,” said Alzheimer’s Australia National President, Ita Buttrose.

“While the measures we need to take to reduce our risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke are often well known, many people don’t know that these same lifestyle choices may also lower their risk of developing dementia.”

BrainyApp español is available as a free download from the App Store for users of iPhone, iPod and iPad devices as well as for Android phones and tablets from the Google Play Store.

BrainyApp and BrainyApp español allows users to take a Brain-Heart Health Survey about their diet, exercise patterns and lifestyle. It then provides suggestions and ideas about how to improve on these, and includes brain games that encourage users to build Brain-Heart points.

The content of the original BrainyApp was translated into Spanish in collaboration with Sanitas.

BrainyApp is based on the scientific evidence presented in Dementia Australia’s Your Brain Matters: The Power of Prevention.  For more information, go to yourbrainmatters.org.au

Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 300,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to double by 2030. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia.   

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
 

The Bupa Health Foundation helps build a healthier Australian community through its support of important health research, health education and other healthy living programs.  Established as a charitable foundation in 2005, the Bupa Health Foundation has partnered in over 80 initiatives nationally, with a combined investment of around $21 million, across its key focus areas: wellbeing, managing chronic disease, healthy ageing, empowering people about their health; and promoting affordable healthcare. www.bupa.com.au/foundation

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Media enquiries Krystal Craig / 0407 019 430 / krystal.craig@dementia.org.au