What to tell your patients about averting cognitive decline

Report identifies seven modifiable risk factors for dementia

Addressing seven modifiable risk factors can alter a patient’s trajectory towards dementia to one where the condition is less likely to occur, says an expert in cognitive decline.

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Psychologist Professor Kaarin Anstey was presenting a report, Cognitive ageing and decline: Insights from recent research, at a breakfast briefing at NSW Parliament House.

“When I started in this field we didn’t think you could prevent dementia, but the world has completely changed,” says Professor Anstey, chief investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing