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Evaluating the Australian National University Alzheimer’s disease risk index (ANU-ADRI) – does it correlate with memory performance?

Dr Maree Farrow
Research Centre DCRC Early Diagnosis and Prevention
Partner Institution Alzheimer's Australia Victoria
Project Description

This project aims to investigate the potential relationship between two measures of the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia. Previous research has identified that many people in the community are concerned about their risk of developing dementia and interested in knowing their individual risk.

The Australian National University Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Index (ANU-ADRI) has been developed to assess an individual’s future risk of developing AD. It is a tool to assist with the self-assessment of risk factors for dementia and enables individuals to assess their risk profile and use this information to initiate lifestyle changes to decrease their risk exposure.

This pilot project will investigate whether dementia risk as assessed by the ANU-ADRI is related to memory performance. The findings will be used to develop a larger project to help determine whether the addition of a memory test to the ANU-ADRI would improve its ability to assess risk for AD, and add value for its users.

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