Blog: The Brain Dialogues

Does Social Interaction Reduce Risk of Dementia?

DR ANNE-NICOLE CASEY How people interact with and perceive one another, and each person’s thoughts and feelings about the quality of those interactions and relationships, can affect physical and mental health and well-being. Social cognitive function, which broadly refers to the way our brain processes social information, is recognised as an important marker of how efficiently our brain processes information in general1. Interestingly, the number of individuals with whom a person interacts frequently is associated with their short-term memory capacity2. Some studies report that having larger… Read More
24 Apr 2019

Bridging the Cultural Gap - AASHA

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au According to the Australian Government’s Institute of Family Studies website, Australia's older population reflects significant cultural diversity due to post-war immigration policies, with 36% of 65+ year olds having been born overseas (compared to 24% of people under 65 years old) (ABS, 2012b). Among the older immigrants, 25% in 2011 were from non-Anglo countries, compared with 12% from the UK and Ireland. Australia's older population will become increasingly culturally diverse, with weakening dominance of immigrants from European countries. Support… Read More
10 Apr 2019

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers Support Wipeout Dementia

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au HWL Ebsworth has continued its outstanding record of support of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) Wipeout Dementia® campaign by nominating CHeBA at their monthly employee charity event held on Friday, 5th April. To date, HWL Ebsworth has previously committed and provided significant pro bono trademarking support to the Centre. Senior Partner Simon Liddy, whose personal fundraising achievement is close to $25,000 over the 2016 and 2017 Queenscliff events and positioning him as second highest fundraiser in both events. Mr Liddy said he was… Read More

'Meet Our Researcher' - Dr Louise Mewton

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au CHeBA’s focus on global research priorities, as well as its multi-disciplinary approach across prevention, epidemiology, internet-based intervention and neuropsychiatry, is what inspired Dr Louise Mewton to join CHeBA. Dr Mewton is a UNSW Scientia Fellow with a research focus on the application of innovative methods, techniques and technologies to understand and prevent problematic alcohol use across the lifespan. “I’m currently using large-scale harmonised data from CHeBA’s COSMIC studies to investigate trajectories of alcohol use in older adults… Read More
26 Mar 2019

Adventure Seeker Honours Dad's Fight With Dementia

CHeBA Blog: Adventure Seeker Honours Dad's Fight With Dementia
Martin Gregory pictured with Research Fellow Dr Adith Mohan
HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Martin Gregory is an adventure seeker. He has travelled 400 miles inside the Arctic Circle with a team of 8 dogs, scaled Cotapaxi Volcano in Ecuador, travelled 4,200 kilometres across Africa, travelled 1,200 kilometres through the Himalayas and trekked across the Owen Stanley Mountain range on the infamous Kokoda Track. Clearly, Martin enjoys a challenge but 2 years ago he was faced with one of his greatest challenges to date when father Richard Paul Gregory was diagnosed with dementia. Born in 1938 near Birmingham, ‘Paul’, as he was known… Read More
19 Feb 2019

Turning the Wheels – Cycling Without Age

DR VIBEKE CATTS and HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au CHeBA’s Older Australian Twins Study Co-ordinator, Dr Vibeke Catts, has joined over 13,000 Cycling Without Age volunteers world-wide in piloting purpose-built trishaws, which provide seniors the opportunity to get into the outdoors and (again) experience wind in their hair.  A generous private donation to Montefiore Randwick provided the funds to purchase a trishaw. Throughout 2018, Mr Adrian Boss from BIKEast worked alongside Montefiore’s Leisure & Lifestyle and Volunteers departments to train volunteer pilots and get the… Read More
12 Nov 2018

MasoniCare & Lodge Harold Herman Unity Support CHeBA

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au The Worshipful Master from Lodge Harold Herman Unity, Very Worshipful Brother Mark Arenson, presented a $4,000 cheque to Ms Angie Russell, CHeBA’s Centre Manager, on 26 September 2018 at the Laurelbank Masonic Centre in Willoughby. Very Worshipful Brother Mark Arenson said he was delighted with the funds raised at their inaugural trivia night on Saturday, 11 August and felt it was important for community groups to learn more about dementia and support advances in research.   “This was the first time we had applied for a MasoniCare grant,” Lodge… Read More
1 Nov 2018

Ferrari Club Supports CHeBA

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au More than 600 guests attended the Inaugural Charity Ball 2018, presented by the Ferrari Club Australia NSW/ACT at The Star on 8th September, which raised funds for research at UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA).  Professor Henry Brodaty, Co-Director of CHeBA, was the guest speaker at the charity ball,which was presented by Ferrari Club Australia NSW/ACT President Frank Cavasinni, with assistance from NSW State Representative Simon Maxwell and H&H Event Manager Kerry Harman. “It was a privilege to be involved in this event,”… Read More
22 Oct 2018

Naomi Lewis' Artwork Supports CHeBA's Research

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Proceeds from the sale of a rich body of artwork by Sydney-based painter Naomi Lewis, who was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2013 and passed away in 2017, have been donated to research at UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA). “Clearly this cause is an important one for me,” said Michelle McEwing, daughter of Naomi Lewis and coordinator of the art show held at the Ewart Gallery, Workshop Arts Centre in Willoughby. Mum’s great passions were her family, her community and painting. She would have wanted her final show to benefit a… Read More
2 Oct 2018

Aspirin Use Questioned in Landmark 5 Year Study

DR STEPHANIE WARD, Monash University and Visiting Fellow with UNSW Sydney School of Psychiatry For thousands of years the therapeutic effects of willow tree bark extract, salicyclic acid, have been well known. Refined and stabilised by Hofman in 1897, today aspirin is one of the most widely used medications. Aspirin reduces inflammation, and because it also has an effect on blood clotting it is a mainstay of treatment for cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke, and for the prevention of recurrent stroke and heart attacks in people whom have already experienced these -  what… Read More