Factors associated with the increased risk of dementia found in the Torres Strait

Russell, Sarah G., Quigley, Rachel, Thompson, Fintan, Sagigi, Betty, Miller, Gavin, LoGiudice, Dina, Smith, Kate, Pachana, Nancy A., and Strivens, Edward (2022) Factors associated with the increased risk of dementia found in the Torres Strait. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 41 (1). pp. 88-96.

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Objective: To identify the specific risk factors for dementia in the Torres Strait.

Methods: This research was conducted as part of a cross-sectional dementia prevalence study conducted in the Torres Strait. Participants underwent a comprehensive health assessment, where data on risk factors were collected, and a Geriatrician assessment, which was used to establish dementia diagnoses.

Results: A total of 276 Torres Strait residents aged between 45 and 93 participated in the study. Cerebrovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and older age were the most significant risk factors in this population. Once adjusted for age, cerebrovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, low education and problems with mobility and incontinence were significantly associated with dementia.

Conclusions: Reducing dementia risk in the Torres Strait requires multifactorial interventions to address potentially modifiable risk factors with a particular focus on addressing the development of chronic midlife diseases.

Item ID: 69694
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6612
Keywords: Indigenous people; ageing; chronic disease; dementia
Copyright Information: © 2021 AJA Inc.
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC grant 1106175
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2021 04:18
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 21 INDIGENOUS > 2103 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health > 210399 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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