Final Age Well trial intervention now complete
The final wave of meditation and language-learning interventions in the Age Well clinical trial has just been completed.
Forty-four healthy older adults, all aged 65+, were randomly assigned to either an 18-month long meditation or foreign language-learning group course or to a control group that had no intervention. They will now take part in follow-up tests which are due to finish in February 2020.
Overall, the trial – which took place in Caen, France – has involved 137 participants over three waves of intervention. The results of the trial are expected to be published in 2021.
Silver Santé Study and Lifebrain projects share expertise
Experts from the EU-funded projects Silver Santé Study and Lifebrain held a joint meeting in Berlin to share and discuss their research on brain health.
The meeting, which involved more than 70 experts, saw researchers from both projects present and discuss their work on topics ‘anxiety and depression in ageing and dementia’ and ‘sleep’. This was followed by a group discussion on ‘the challenges of studying causal effects in brain research with the perspective of translation of results into clinical practice’.
Dr Gaël Chételat, Silver Santé Study Project Coordinator, said: “As Lifebrain is also an H2020-funded study focusing on brain health, it makes sense for us to liaise closely and to share common areas of work for the benefit of all.
“As well as holding the joint meeting with Lifebrain, we also jointly organised the public conference on ‘Brain health across the lifespan’ and we will continue to liaise regularly with the team.”
The joint meeting was followed by the successful public conference ‘Brain health across the lifespan’ as well as the Silver Santé Study’s annual consortium meeting, at which all project partners reported on progress to date and plans for the fifth year of the project.
Public and professionals gather for Berlin brain health conference
People from all over Europe gathered in Berlin on November 30th to hear leading European brain health experts discuss the latest scientific evidence on mental health.
The ‘Brain health across the lifespan’ public conference – which was jointly organised by the Silver Santé Study, Lifebrain and the German Brain Council – brought together more than 200 people from as far afield as the Republic of Ireland, France and Switzerland to hear presentations and discussions on a range of brain health topics.
These included the impact of video gaming on the brain, whether styles of thinking can affect dementia risk, how lifestyles shape the brain in health ageing and disease, and the impact of meditation-based interventions.
Dr Gaël Chételat, Silver Santé Study Project Coordinator, and keynote speaker at the conference, said: “This was a rare opportunity for patients, health NGOs, health professionals and researchers to hear about the latest scientific evidence on mental health directly from some of Europe’s leading experts.
“It was a fantastic event which included lots of interesting questions and discussion on a variety of topical points – from video gaming to personalised brain health – and we’ve had excellent feedback from those who attended.”
Speakers at the one-day conference included Silver Santé Study senior researchers, Dr Antoine Lutz, of Inserm, and Dr Natalie Marchant of UCL, as well as Lifebrain researchers such as Professor Ulman Lindenberger of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Professor Lars Nyberg of Umeå University, Sweden.
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