Exercise Professionals

Learn more and do more for better brain health

For most people, developing dementia is one of their biggest fears.  Many people, especially those with a family history of dementia, are interested in what they can do to prevent developing the illness themselves.

While there is no cure for dementia, research shows that healthy and active lifestyles are associated with better brain function and lower dementia risk. 

Half of Australian adults remain unaware that they can reduce their dementia risk factors. 

Exercise professionals can help clients take proactive steps to protect their brain health and lower their risk of developing dementia assist clients by:

For more information see Information for Exercise Professionals on Brain Health and Dementia Risk Reduction PDF


Brain health information for exercise professionals

There are small steps that you can take in your everyday life that will make a real difference to your brain health – and the health of your heart and body. 

5 Simple Steps to Maximise Your Brain Health looks at a few simple changes you can make to the foods you eat and the activities you do to keep your brain healthy and lower your risk of dementia.

5 Simple Steps to Maximise your Brain Health - A5 booklet  PDF

Complete the Brain Health Checklist (online version) to see the steps you are taking to keep your brain healthy and reduce your risk of dementia.  Click here to view the online version of the Brain Health Checklist.


Research & Publications

For evidence for the association of risk factors associated with dementia risk, as well as practical strategies and resources

These include position papers and discussion papers on brain health and dementia risk reduction topics.

Dementia Risk Reduction Guide for Health Professionals  PDF

Physical Activity for Brain Health and Fighting Dementia. Alzheimer's Australia Paper 36, 2013  PDF

A summary of the evidence presented in Alzheimer's Australia Paper 36  PDF

Targeting Brain, Body and Heart for Cognitive Health and Dementia Prevention: Current Evidence and Future Directions. Paper 29, 2012   PDF

Brain Health and Dementia Prevention.  Summary Paper 29  PDF


Useful links

Adult Pre-Exercise Screening System developed by Fitness Australia, Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and Sports Medicine Australia (SMA).

  • Australian adult pre-exercise screening system which provides an evidence-based system for identifying and managing health risks for exercise.

See Fitness Australia > Policies & Guidelines


Australian Dietary Guidelines

  • The Australian Dietary Guidelines (the Guidelines) provide up-to-date advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing. The recommendations are based on scientific evidence, developed after looking at good quality research.

See Australian Government, Department of Health



Information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

  • Help Sheets provide advice, common sense approaches and practical strategies on the issues most commonly raised about dementia.

See Alzheimer’s Australia – Help Sheets


Information for clients

5 Simple Steps to Maximise your Brain Health - A5 booklet PDF 

Brain Health Checklist PDF

Brain Health Checklist online version is available here

Use BrainyApp to find out how brain healthy your lifestyle is, and take healthy actions to improve your brain health score

Call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 for questions, information, advice.


Your Brain Matters was supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund from July 2012 to June 2015.



Dementia Australia would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians and carers of the country of Australia.