Innovative new resource to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s

2014-06-27

Ageing Minister Zoe Bettison has welcomed the launch of a new internet-based resource that helps to reduce the risk of developing dementia later in life.

An Australian first, the Your Brain Matters online resource was developed by the South Australian branch of Alzheimer’s Australia.

Your Brain Matters includes five simple steps: Look after your heart, be physically active, mentally challenge your brain, follow a healthy diet and enjoy social activity.

“We are becoming increasingly aware of what we can all do to take better care of our health and that of those close to us,” Ms Bettison said.

Your Brain Matters provides people with tools to reduce their risk of developing dementia later in life. “


The South Australian Government recognises the importance of programs such as this that focus on the prevention of dementia.

“Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians aged 65 years or older and it is an issue that needs our urgent attention. There are currently more than 332,000 Australians living with dementia and this number is expected to increase to 400,000 in the next decade.

“Having had a close family member affected by Alzheimer’s, I really welcome this tremendous resource.”

Ms Bettison said resource has already been taken up nationally by ANZ Bank and that Alzheimer’s Australia SA is currently working with retailer The Good Guys to take up the initiative.

“Alzheimer’s Australia SA also intends to promote and market this product to government, corporate, small to medium enterprises and not for profit organisations,” she said.

“So not only is this a great resource for addressing one of the biggest health issues facing Australians, it is also an example of how the non government sector can take a lead role in developing and promoting preventative health measures.”

Research shows that Australians aged 30-49 are the highest consumers of screen content in all mediums and this is why Your Brain Matters is designed for on-line use in the workplace. For more information visit http://yourbrainmatters.org.au/ecourse or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

Source:
News Release – Minister Zoe Bettison Minister for Ageing
http://www.premier.sa.gov.au
http://www.premier.sa.gov.au/images/news_releases/14_05May/yourbrainmatters.pdf