A ground-breaking study, presented at the 15th Alzheimer's Australia Conference in Hobart, has found that Aboriginal Australians are 3 times more likely to suffer dementia than non-Indigenous Australians.
Researchers say risk factors include high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and diabetes, and it is thought the damage to the brain occurs as far back as childhood.
The three-year study into how Aboriginal Australians age, titled Koori Growing Old Well, was conducted across 5 urban and regional Indigenous communities in New South Wales. They were La Perouse, Campbelltown, Kempsey, Nambucca and Coffs Harbour and included 336 participants, all over 60 years of age.
Koori Growing Old Well Website
New study reveals high rates of Indigenous dementia (ABC)