App to lead fight against Alzheimer's

App to lead fight against Alzheimer's

BrainyApp, an Australian-developed app is the latest tool in the fight against dementia.

Based on the latest scientific research that links brain health and a reduced risk of dementia, to a healthy heart and cardiovascular system, BrainyApp is the world’s first dementia risk reduction app designed to help people monitor and improve their Brain-Heart health.

"Most people are aware of what they can do to reduce their risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke but what isn’t well known is that these same lifestyle choices may also lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia," said Ita Buttrose, National President of Alzheimer’s Australia.

Dr Michael Valenzuela, head of the Regenerative Neuroscience Group at the University of NSW and author of Maintain Your Brain (ABC Books) helped to develop BrainyApp. “People need to start thinking about their brain health earlier in life. The changes in the brain that lead to dementia can start when people are in their 30s and 40s,” Dr Valenzuela said. “Although the evidence is still developing, we are learning that there are a wide range of lifestyle choices and activities that can improve brain health, and which in turn may reduce the risk of dementia”.

BrainyApp is available as a free download for users of iPhone, iPod and iPad devices from the Apple App Store.
More information about BrainyApp is available at www.brainyapp.com.au.

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