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Evaluation of Mind your Mind community presentations: do they promote behavioural change?

Dr Maree Farrow, Mr Jack Sach, Prof Kaarin Anstey, Ms Suha Ali
Research Centre DCRC Early Diagnosis and Prevention
Partner Institution Alzheimer's Australia Vic
Project Description

Awareness of dementia risk factors and the potential for risk reduction in the Australian community is low. Available dementia risk reduction information has not previously been evaluated for its effectiveness in raising awareness and in encouraging behavioural change. Alzheimer's Australia's Mind your Mind program involves delivering presentations on risk reduction to community groups.

This project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the information provided by these presentations and Mind your Mind.

The project will involve surveying 200 attendees of Mind your Mind presentations, evaluating the effectiveness of the information provided in improving knowledge and in getting people to adopt risk reduction strategies, and evaluating what additional resources people feel they need to help them adopt risk reduction approaches.

The survey responses will be assessed quantitatively and qualitatively to examine the efficacy of the Mind your Mind information in improving knowledge, increasing motivation and promoting behavioural change to increase dementia risk reduction behaviours.

The findings of the project will inform improvements to the Mind your Mind program to ensure it provides effective information, and inform development of additional resources to assist consumers to take up dementia risk reduction advice and change their behaviour.

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