An evidenced based approach to prevention of dementia
Because of the ageing population there will be increasing numbers of people with dementia. There is evidence that the age specific incidence may be falling in some developed countries, exactly why this is so, is uncertain.
Some vascular and lifestyle factors are linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Many of these are potentially modifiable and include hypertension, smoking, physical activity, education, social engagement, cognitive stimulation, and diet. Modification of most of these factors has other health advantages, increasing the potential benefits of modifying the individual’s lifestyle. For many of these factors, large enough trials may never be performed, but preventive measures are already recommended.
Professor Leon FlickerProfessor Leon Flicker’s research within UWA’s Medical School focuses on the major health issues of older people, exploring general heath, falls, depression and cognitive impairment.
Professor Flicker is a key opinion leader in health and ageing and has been published in more than 390 peer-reviewed articles, and cited on over 18,000 occasions. He has received considerable support from the NHMRC through continuous project grants since 1996. Listen to Professor Flicker shares his tips to ‘healthy ageing’ on ABC’s Drive radio show. He has conducted numerous studies about frailty and successful ageing and also researched the health needs of older Indigenous Australians. This latter research led to the validation of the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA) tool, which is used throughout Western Australia, the Northern Territory and far North Queensland.