It's possible - live to age 122 without dementia

16 September, 2013

Professor Sue Kurrle, has today spoken in Darwin on maximising your brain health as part of Dementia Awareness Week 2013.

Specialist Geriatrician, Professor Kurrle said, “In order to increase your chances of longevity it is important to protect your brain health as well as your physical health.”

“There is a growing body of evidence to support that preventive health strategies significantly decrease the risk of chronic diseases, including dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Australia has maintained its advocacy for preventive health strategies through its program ‘Your Brain Matters’. Your Brain Matters is the world’s first publicly funded brain health program.

Alzheimer’s Australia Acting CEO Ray Norman said, “Given the interrelationships of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dementia, it’s important that people adopt preventive health strategies early to reduce their risk of developing these diseases later in life.

“Eating healthily, regular exercise and remaining intellectually and socially active are simple lifestyle factors that contribute to the health of your brain, body and heart.”

Professor Sue Kurrle spoke to health practitioners at the Royal Darwin Hospital today to mark the start of Dementia Awareness Week in the Northern Territory and conducted a special session for carers at the local Alzheimer’s Australia NT Darwin office. Darwin staff will set up an information booth on Friday 20 September at Palmerston Shopping Centre to raise awareness. The Annual Tea Dance, to be held on Tuesday 24 September at Nightcliff, will once again provide an opportunity for our Darwin seniors’ community to socialise and dance together.

Professor Kurrle will speak at the Alice Springs Hospital tomorrow. On Wednesday 18 September, Alzheimer’s Australia Alice Springs staff will set up an information booth at the Yeperenye Shopping Centre, followed by a morning tea for carers, friends and family with local service providers on Thursday.

Dementia Awareness Week is the national flagship week for Dementia Australia’s community awareness activities each year. This year it runs from Monday 16 September until Sunday 22 September.

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative) 
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area
www.fightdementia.org.au

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Media Enquires: Susan Williams - m: 0439 003 646 e:susan.williams@dementia.org.au

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