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Date:9/19/2008

PERTH, Australia, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Australians will be the first in the country to take part in a brain fitness initiative that has been shown to improve a person's ability to think faster, focus better and remember more.

The brain health initiative will be launched by Australia's Aged Care Commissioner Rhonda Parker on behalf of Alzheimer's Australia WA at the Duxton Hotel on September 19th as part of Dementia Awareness Week 2008.

More than 30 peer-reviewed papers report on randomized controlled trials using the technology now being offered in two cognitive training software programs being distributed by Alzheimer's Australia WA. The studies show that participants using the software programs more than doubled their processing speed and had gains of more than 10 years in standardized measures of memory and attention. This has led to significant lifestyle benefits for people experiencing normal age-related changes in brain function.

Alzheimer's Australia WA General Manager David Gribble said the programs that will be offered in Australia were developed and extensively trialled by US company Posit Science in conjunction with one of the world's leading neuroscientists, Dr Mike Merzenich, and his team at the University of California. The programs have also been extensively researched over many years by renowned research institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, University of Southern California and Stanford University.

"The results from these studies have shown that people who went through the brain fitness programme added about 10 years to their cognitive abilities and memory functions," Mr. Gribble said.

"This meant people were more likely to live independently for longer, while reducing their health care expenditure and experience a better quality of life."

Mr. Gribble said staying mentally active has long been recommended as a way to reduce the risk of dementia which, due to the ageing population, is set t
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SOURCE Alzheimer's Australia WA Ltd.
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