BrainyApp has been upgraded and given a colourful new-look to reflect the latest scientific research, engage more with users, encourage a brain healthy lifestyle and still includes a game and trivia for an element of fun.
Dementia Australia and the Bupa Health Foundation unveiled their exciting, fresh, new-look, dementia risk-reduction innovation, BrainyApp during Brain Awareness Week 2016 (held annually from 14-21 March).
Based on scientific research, that links brain health and a reduced risk of dementia to a healthy heart and cardiovascular system, BrainyApp exceeded all expectations and was the most downloaded app in the Australian App store when it was originally released in 2011. Since the 2011 launch, BrainyApp has been downloaded globally more than 370,000 times.
Returning and new BrainyApp fans will be delighted to know the risk-reduction app has undergone a complete makeover featuring:
- The addition of a community board so users can share photos and status updates with friends as they work towards their brain health goals
- a completely fresh, new design and “badges” to track your progress
- a 'web version' of the app which is now available and can be synchronised with smartphones and tablets
Dementia Australia CEO Carol Bennett said with more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia, which is Australia’s second leading cause of death, it was more important than ever to promote risk-reduction messages to a younger audience.
“We know there is a link between lifestyle choices and a healthy brain,” Ms Bennett said.
“What’s good for your heart is also good for your brain, so by keeping active, eating a healthy well-balanced diet, maintaining your social connections and challenging your brain we can start to take control of our brain health today.”
Dementia Australia National Ambassador Ita Buttrose AO OBE said BrainyApp was a great way to deliver the dementia risk-reduction message to a range of age groups.
“It’s easy and fun and it’s great that there is something available to help people reduce their risk of developing dementia,” Ms Buttrose said.
“Brain health is very important to me and BrainyApp is a simple way to make sure I’m doing all I can to keep my brain healthy.”
Director of The Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University’s College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, Professor Kaarin Anstey said there are things people in their 20s, 30s and 40s can do to reduce their risk of getting dementia.
“Dementia can begin in the brain approximately 20 years before the first symptoms become evident, so you are never too young to improve your heart-brain health,” Professor Anstey said.
Bupa Health Foundation Executive Leader Annette Schmiede said it was fantastic to see BrainyApp develop into this impressive new version.
“BrainyApp provides people with a simple and user-friendly tool to help them reduce their risk of dementia. We’re really pleased to support this app that we hope will empower people to improve their health and wellbeing,” Ms Schmiede said.
For more information about the five simple steps to maximise your brain health visit Your Brain Matters.