24 Days Meme V1Christmas is near, and so too is the end of #24DaysOfDementiaResearch – our study-a-day tour of ‘Join dementia research’, the new online service connecting volunteers and dementia research studies.

Now the holiday season has arrived, and we’ll all be tucking into big meals, it’s the best time to look at how a supplemented diet could help people with Mild Cognitive Impairment.


Aims of the Study

The overall health benefits of Omega-3, found in fish, and flavanoids – the nutrients in fruit – have been well established. Researchers now want to establish if these compounds could help in the fight against the development of dementia.

For twelve months, volunteers will be supplied with a supplement to their diet that they can consume at home as part of their normal lifestyle.

At three points during the year, plus a screening visit before commencing the trial, volunteers must attend at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

During these visits, the volunteers will be asked to complete assessments that will measure their thinking, reasoning and memory.

These tests will help researchers understand what changes are occurring in the volunteers.

The research team’s goal is:

 “improved knowledge on the link between diet and dementia risk which could inform future prevention and treatment strategies.”


More about taking part

Researchers are seeking people over the age of 55, who do not have a diagnosis of dementia, but feel their memory has declined over the past two or three years.

Those with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Subjective Memory Impairment are also invited to see if they are eligible. Good general health, and the ability to visit the University of East Anglia in Norwich three times a year are required.

Sign up with ‘Join dementia research’ by clicking to the right of this article, and see what other studies you may be eligible for!


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