The Brainy App
These things we do each day, and over time, whether this is looking after or hurting our brain, will have a long term impact. If we take part in activities which result in multiple head injuries, or we spend time actively engaging in strategy games, we are either weakening our brain or strengthening it. These activities are either increasing our risk of dementia or reducing our risk of dementia.
If we are playing sport and getting regular head injuries we are increasing our risk of dementia. If we are playing chess, doing cross word puzzles or participating in life long education we are reducing our risk of dementia. Your brain is an important part of your ongoing health, and we need to look after it as carefully as we look after our heart and lungs.
An easy way to participate in risk reduction activities is to download the Alzheimer's Australia BrainyAPP. My friend and colleague, Dr. Maree Farrow, who now works at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre in Tasmania, developed the BrainyApp as a key tool for dementia risk reduction.
You can download the APP onto your phone. There is a quick survey to complete about which is a general risk assessment with some quick advice on ways to adjust activities to start reducing your risk of dementia. You can link it to your facebook profile for quick updates and easy access.
The best part - there are points for participating in different activities and working towards challenges which help towards reducing your risk. And I love points. The coloured diamond system shows you the different areas which you can work on, some you might already have covered (I do enough mental challenges each day already; but I have to work hard to fit in the physical activity). Points add up for the week.
Why don't you download the free APP and see how you go? Set a reasonable goal and join the online community with me that is moving towards reducing our risk of chronic disease and dementia. The choices we make now, have a huge impact on our life in years to come.
Farrow, M., O'Connor, E., & Hatherly, C. (2014). A randomised controlled trial of e-health interventions for dementia risk reduction. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association,10(4), P210.
O'Connor, Elodie, Maree Farrow, and Chris Hatherly. "Randomized comparison of mobile and web-tools to provide dementia risk reduction education: use, engagement and participant satisfaction." JMIR mental health 1.1 (2014).