Challenge: Promoting Healthy Ageing

While evidence is accumulating that lifestyle and good medical care can delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, vascular cognitive impairment, Parkinson’s, macular degeneration and gait disorders, implementation into practice at a population level is lacking.

Mindgardens solution

Mindgardens will continue to research successful ageing to inform the development of population based strategies for successful ageing and to differentiate what is genetically versus environmentally determined (and more amenable to intervention).

Mindgardens will:

  • continue leading the development of physical exercise and computer cognitive training to delay onset of dementia and tailoring these to individual preferences
  • translate pioneering research that has demonstrated evidence paradigms to understand loss of balance and gait abnormalities in older people and develop interventions to prevent and to remedy these
  • roll out at a population level the internet based intervention that it has developed for 55–75 years olds which combines exercise, cognitive training, diet, treatment of high blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar and depression.

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