A new phone app will allow users to detect and address their risk factors for poor brain health and dementia.
BrainScan was developed by Dr Kailas Roberts, a medical specialist and expert in cognitive assessment.
The app works by asking users questions to identify the areas of their life that need changing.
It assesses their individual modifiable risk factors for developing cognitive problems and then provides tailored recommendations for addressing them.
“It can be hard to keep track of your personal risk factors for poor brain health and to know whether you are doing all you can to optimise your brain and protect it against conditions such as dementia,” Dr Roberts says on his website.
BrainScan delivers personalised recommendations based on a user’s test results, along with information that outlines the science and ways to tackle the problems identified.
The app also has a curated selection of videos on all things brain-related, from how the brain works and how to improve memory or meditation, to tips on improving memory using powerful and proven techniques.
“The performance of your brain is dependent on a number of factors. Some of these, including genetics and age, are not greatly amenable to intervention,” Dr Roberts says.
“Many others, however, are modifiable and this is something to cheer about. A large number of health and lifestyle interventions can be put in place to optimise our brain power and to delay the onset of degenerative conditions of the brain including dementia.”
BrainScan is available for download in Australia for iPhone and iPad users, with an Android version to come later.