Inside St Vincent’s – Dementia and Alzheimer’s research

Can dementia be prevented? In this edition of Inside St Vincent’s we heard about the latest on dementia and Alzheimer’s research from our panel of “St Vincent’s Brains Trust” experts, facilitated by Sophie Scott, ABC National Medical Reporter:

  • Professor Bruce Brew AM, Director of the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Research Unit, Senior Neurologist, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
  • Dr Elisheva Vissel, Neurologist, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney
  • Dr Nicholas Ingham, Senior Geriatrician, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

Although there are not yet curative treatments available for dementia, increasing evidence points to the significant potential benefits of targeted strategies for its prevention. Indeed, recent studies suggest that up to 40% of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed.

The session offered a chance to learn about our plans to establish a new multidisciplinary, fully integrated dementia prevention care model as part of our vision for establishing a St Vincent’s Centre of Excellence in Brain Health. 

A highlight of the seminar was discussion on the proactive management of 12 modifiable risk factors, as developed by the World Health Organisation as part of their guidelines on risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia:

  1. Be physically active
  2. Stop smoking
  3. Eat a balanced diet, esp. if possible a Mediterranean-like diet
  4. Drink alcohol in moderation
  5. Cognitive training (chess, languages, crossword puzzles)
  6. Be socially active
  7. Look after your weight
  8. Manage any hypertension
  9. Manage any diabetes
  10. Manage any cholesterol
  11. Manage Mental Health incl. depression
  12. Look after your hearing and manage hearing loss

If you were unable to join us or would like to revisit this special seminar, you are still able to view the full session below. If you would to show your support for neurosciences research, you can donate now.