We are all acutely aware that our brains are already deteriorating by the time we reach our mid-twenties, but what can we do to slow this inevitable decline? While little is known about how the brain functions, Geriatrician Dr Catriona Ireland will talk us through recent research on the ageing brain, including what we can be doing to protect and improve our most valuable asset.
Speaker: Dr Catriona Ireland has run a memory clinic in rural NSW for the last 14 years. She graduated from Sydney University in 1993 and completed specialist training in geriatrics in 2001. Her work in clinic has led to an ever growing passion for all aspects of memory including optimising cognitive function in health, reducing the risk of dementia and supporting patients and their families through all the stages of dementia. Currently doing postgraduate study in brain and mind sciences at Sydney Uni, she has an interest in combining evidence-based holistic approaches to optimising brain function and physical health throughout life. These approaches aim to minimise our chances of dementia but also to enjoy life more today. She is endeavouring to keep her own brain in order by joining womankind in juggling a busy family with fun, friends and ongoing attempts to exercise regularly, practice both mindfulness and piano (at different times) and keep 3 children, a husband and 2 dogs all fed and happy.