The ISLAND Project – Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, University of Tasmania
The Wicking Dementia Centre is establishing a bold new initiative that has never been attempted before. We are seeking to reduce the incidence of dementia in the Tasmanian population and we need your help. If we can show that we can reduce risk behaviours in our State, then we can encourage the world to take on dementia risk reduction.
We are looking to sign up over 20,000 Tasmanians over 50 years of age to be partners in this globally significant challenge. Anyone can join in. The main ambition of ISLAND is to equip our Tasmanian community for dementia risk behaviour reduction through the Preventing Dementia MOOC. We would ask that you use what you learn from the MOOC to address your own risk profile and to share with your family, friends and community.
There will also be a range of research studies that ISLAND will be running, such as understanding who is at most risk based on lifestyle and genetic factors, what health messages might encourage a focus on dementia risk, and can we detect the very early stages of dementia with a blood test? We will also be setting up clinics to assist people with cognitive issues during ageing. Our project team is available for presentations to community members on dementia and the ISLAND Project.