Would you change your lifestyle to potentially reduce your risk of having dementia in the future?

People’s lifestyle can contribute to increase the risk of dementia. Lack of physical exercise, lack of social interaction and mental activity, poor diet, smoking and alcohol consumption are major known risk factors. Aiming to reduce people’s risk of having the disease, researchers have created interventions to promote mental and physical fitness by increasing mental and physical activity and improving diet in middle-aged and older adults. However, changes of lifestyle depends on individual beliefs and attitudes and little is known about what and how much people are prepared to change to reduce their risk of having dementia.

We caught up with Dr Deborah Oliveira, Chief Investigator for this study, to find out more about the PRIDE study:

What are the main aims of the study?

This study aims to investigate what people aged 50 or above are prepared to change in their lifestyle to potentially reduce the risk of having Alzheimer’s disease/dementia in the future. More than 1,000 people are being invited to answer this online questionnaire in the UK.

What does it involve for a participant?

Participants will be asked to complete an online questionnaire which should only take 15-20 minutes to complete. The online questionnaire will ask for some information about yourself (e.g. age), your current lifestyle and health (e.g. levels of physical activity) and what you would be prepared to change in order to reduce your risk of developing dementia (e.g. stop smoking), as well as your beliefs and attitudes towards dementia risk reduction (e.g. how you feel about changing your lifestyle in order to reduce the risk of dementia).

This study is anonymous and confidential. After completing all the questions you will have the opportunity to provide us with your contact details for a prize draw to win one of three £50 Amazon vouchers. The personal information you provide is completely separate from the questionnaire and will enable us to contact you if you win the prize. If you would prefer not to complete the personal information, you will not be included in the prize draw. However you will still be able to submit your responses which will remain anonymous

How long is the study for?

The online survey will be open for completion until February 2018. Participants will need to complete the questionnaire only one time.

What do you hope the outcomes of the study will be?

This study will help researchers and health professionals to better understand the scope for changing lifestyle in the anticipation that reducing health risk behaviours will reduce the number of people developing dementia. A study report will be generated from the results, and these will be publicised via social media, conferences, newsletters, and academic papers.

Where is the study based?

The study is based at the University of Nottingham but we are recruiting throughout the UK.

Who can take part?

You are eligible to take part if you are aged 50 years old or above, currently live in the UK, and have never received a dementia diagnosis.

You can see if you are eligible for this study or others around the nation by logging into your Join Dementia Research account.

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