Public health approaches to preventing dementia

Presenter: Dr Maree Farrow, AUPOA

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About the presentation

The World Health Organization and others have called for a public health response to raise awareness about the modifiable risk factors for dementia, to link with programs for other noncommunicable diseases, and to develop and implement evidence-based interventions for reducing dementia risk. This will require interventions beyond the intensive individual risk modification programs currently being trialled. This presentation will discuss work being undertaken by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre to disseminate dementia risk reduction information to the Tasmanian and global communities and enable self-efficacy for dementia risk reduction in individuals and populations.

About the presenter

Dr Maree Farrow is an experienced researcher specialising in development and evaluation of evidence-based dementia risk reduction resources, including award winning online or eHealth tools for accessible use in the community. At the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, Dr Farrow led the development and implementation of the Preventing Dementia Massive Open Online Course, which has had over 170,000 enrolments and is among the top 20 highest rated online courses of all time. She is also a Senior Lecturer and teaches into the Public Health and Dementia stream of the Wicking Centre’s postgraduate program.

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