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Putting a dent in dementia

THE Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre – a global research leader on the risk factors for dementia – is calling on the local community to participate in the ISLAND Project.

The largest dementia prevention project in the world, the ISLAND Project seeks to equip members of the Tasmanian community with the knowledge and information to self-manage personal risk factors that are known to increase risk of dementia if they are not managed, especially from middle age onwards.

Project manager of the ISLAND Project Helen Douglas said many of these risk factors were prevalent in the population.

“We want to help our community members to reduce their risk of dementia and improve their overall health and wellbeing,” she said.

“But we need the help of our community to make the ISLAND Project a success.

“We hope you will help us spread the word about this important project that aims to improve the health of our population and make a dent in dementia in Tasmania.”

The project is seeking to sign up more than 10,000 Tasmanians who are more than 50 years of age.

“We hope to reach all Tasmanians more than 50 years of age, especially those who are concerned about dementia and the impact it has on individuals, families and communities,” Ms Douglas said.

“With the help of our community, we believe we can have a positive impact on dementia in Tasmania and help Tasmania lead the world in preventing this life changing condition.”

To register interest or for more information, visit https://islandproject.utas.edu.au/.

Caption: Professor James Vickers at the launch of the ISLAND project.