More than 400,000 Australians live with dementia and that number is expected to climb to 1.1 million by 2056.
University of Queensland researchers have issued a new 24-page publication, The Brain: Dementia, produced in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia.
According to Queensland Brain Institute director Professor Pankaj Sah, the publication is designed to shed light on all aspects of Australia’s second-biggest killer.
“The publication is an essential resource for anyone living with or affected by dementia, one of society’s most pressing health problems,” said Professor Sah.
“We explain the science behind dementia – its causes and risk factors – in an accessible and informative way.
“We also share some of the compelling progress our researchers have made, including the breakthrough discovery of QBI Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research Director Professor Jürgen Götz and his team, involving ultrasound as a potential treatment for dementia.
“They have found ultrasound could one day be used to better deliver Alzheimer’s drugs into the brain and reduce disease symptoms.”
The Brain: Dementia, published on World Alzheimer’s Day, is available on the Queensland Brain Institute website.
“By combining expert knowledge from researchers with information from Alzheimer’s Australia, we hope The Brain: Dementia will serve as a comprehensive update as our researchers work towards a world free from dementia,” said Professor Sah.
“Dementia’s tendrils reach far and wide - nearly all of us know somebody affected by the condition, whether it be a family member, friend or colleague.
Topics covered include types of dementia and their causes; risk factors including genetics and lifestyle choices; and, diagnosing and living with dementia
“The publication includes profiles of prominent Australians including media legend Ita Buttrose who shares her experience of caring for her father while he had vascular dementia.”