The ISLAND Project needs you

As our population is living longer, dementia is becoming one of Australia’s major health concerns. 

St.LukesHealth has partnered with the ISLAND Project at the University of Tasmania to help empower Tasmanians to learn more about the condition and how they can proactively modify their lifestyles.

Thanks to the support of our Tasmanian population, the ISLAND Project is the largest dementia prevention study in the world.

This is great news for dementia research and for the development of new interventions, not just for future generations of Tasmanians, but for populations across the globe.  
 
About 40 per cent of the cases of dementia worldwide can possibly be prevented if people attend to a range of risk factors from middle age onwards. 

These risk factors include reducing blood pressure, managing your weight, lowering your cholesterol, controlling diabetes, following a healthy diet, learning new things, increasing physical activity, limiting your consumption of alcohol and stopping smoking.

All of which will improve the overall health and wellbeing of our population if people make positive changes in these areas.
 
The ISLAND Project continues to recruit Tasmanian residents who are 50 years of age and over.

St.LukesHealth encourages members aged over 50 to find out more about ISLAND and how they can participate in the project. For more information, visit the ISLAND website

We especially encourage men who have just entered their 50s and members who live in more rural areas of our state to consider signing up. This will help the ISLAND Project to develop a more representative sample of the Tasmanian population in its research.  
 
We know it’s not easy to make changes and stick to them – but we encourage you to take the first steps.

If you join the ISLAND Project, you will learn about your own levels of modifiable risk, obtain your personal dementia risk profile and receive some advice on any changes you could make to reduce your own risk. You might also wish to discuss your modifiable risk results with your GP or other health advisors.  
 
If you would like to learn more about this research or the project, email island@dementia.utas.edu.au 

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