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Diets to defy dementia

Thursday, 07 October 2010


ECU, in association with the Council on the Aging Western Australia (COTAWA) and Nutrition Australia launched their latest program entitled, ‘Diets to Defy Dementia’ on Monday, 20 September at the Joondalup Campus.

Diets to Defy Dementia is a series of workshops designed to provide community members with information on nutritional aspects of dementia to encourage lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Special guest speakers at the launch included Head of the School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Professor Rob Newton; Associate Professor in the School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Dr Amanda Devine; Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s Australia WA, Mr Frank Schaper; Chief Executive Officer, COTAWA, Mr Ken Marston and former Aged Care Commissioner, Ms Rhonda Parker as the Master of Ceremonies.

Professor Devine says the number of Alzheimer’s patients in Australia is expected to triple by the year 2050.

“Strategies aimed at preventing or delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s has become increasingly important with diet being an important environmental factor that can increase an individual’s risk to developing the disease.”

“Diets high in fruit and vegetables which contain many compounds in addition to traditional nutrients, along with the omega-3 essential fatty acids found in fish oils may improve brain health and vascular function,” said Professor Devine.

Diets to Defy Dementia Information Sessions

Date: Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Venue: Building 21, Room 202, ECU Joondalup Campus

Date: Monday, 1 November 2010

Time: 1.00pm to 2.00pm

Venue: State Library Theatre, State Library of Western Australia

Date: Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Time: 10.00am to 11.00am

Venue: State Library Theatre, State Library of Western Australia

Participants from these sessions are invited to participate in a four-week hands on cooking program. Registrations are essential. For more information and bookings contact COTAWA on 9321 2133 or email


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