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Summer 2016
Welcome to the summer newsletter
In this second edition of the PROTECT newsletter, we update you on the study's progress and give you some reminders about participating. We also tell you about the latest research in computerised brain training and dementia, in addition to some interesting studies about the effects of stopping driving and moving house on your health. We would love to hear your feedback on the research studies mentioned below, so please make use of the new link 'TELL US HERE', to share your experiences. 
Update on the study
The Main PROTECT Study now has over 20,000 participants, which is fantastic! New participants can still enrol for the Main PROTECT Study. We have now sent out DNA kits to 7,158 participants, and will continue to send out kits to the remaining 9,538 participants over the next few months.

We are also pleased to announce that there will be more opportunities to take part in exciting research over the coming year – more will be revealed in due course!
Helpful reminders about the PROTECT Study
- We will send you reminder emails when you are due your annual follow-ups for the Main PROTECT Study, which are the cognitive assessments (Cognitive Test Packages 1& 2), and the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living questionnaire, that you did when you enrolled (see Timeline below).
 
- Please return the DNA sample as promptly as you can, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries about it.
 
- For more information on the study's schedule please visit our new Study Timelines page in the Useful Information section of our website or click here.
Evidence of Brain Training Effectiveness from Major New Research in the US
A new study in the US has found support for a computerised brain training program cutting the risk of dementia among healthy people by 48 percent. The Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) clinical trial was conducted at the University of South Florida, over a ten year period, and is the first study to show that computer-based cognitive-training software could also delay the development of dementia in normal, healthy adults.
 
The 2,832 participants were divided into three training groups (memory improvement, reasoning, and speed-of-processing). They found that the group who did speed training showed 33 percent less risk of dementia at 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 year follow-ups. 
 
Dr Anne Corbett, lead researcher on the PROTECT Study comments, “This is an exciting development and represents an important step forward in our understanding of how we can reduce dementia risk. It is the first time that a study has shown that brain training not only improves brain function but actually prevents against cognitive decline in the long-term.
 
We hope that this will pave the way for more long-term studies of brain training, such as our current study in PROTECT, as well as new products to reduce dementia risk that are based on robust evidence.”
 
The PROTECT Brain Training Study is using a much bigger sample (10,000), to see whether larger doses of brain training can be an even greater protective factor against dementia onset. We’re also investigating whether your genes have a role in mediating these risk factors. Keep going with us for ten years to help us discover more!
 
 
Keep Driving to Protect Your Health!
A study investigating the effects of driving cessation on the health trajectories of older adults found that those who cease driving have poorer health outcomes than those who continue to drive. This poor health included significant declines in physical and social functioning, physical performance, and physical role (the extent to which daily activities are affected by poor health). The general health declines were sharper following driving cessation, which suggests the important of interventions to sustain driving mobility and confidence in older adults. 
 
Have you been doing the Brain Training, and have you found your driving has been improved since doing it? TELL US HERE.
 
 
Moving House - Stressful or Beneficial in Older Age?
You might be surprised to hear the results of a recent study which found that moving house in older age can actually be beneficial for the brain. The research by Karalyn Enz’s team at the University of New Hampshire published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, found that major life transitions give individuals a novel backdrop to form new, memorable experiences more firmly, which makes them easier to remember. So, although moving house may seem stressful during later life, it may have a positive effect on autobiographical memory, which the researchers call the ‘relocation bump’.
 
Have you moved house since starting the PROTECT Study? Have you noticed any effects on the transition on your health, positive or negative? TELL US HERE.
  
Find out more...
 
Click on these links to our website to find out more about the specific aspects of the PROTECT Study:
 
 
Contact us
As always, please do not hesitate to contact the Helpdesk team if you have any queries or comments. 

T: 020 7848 8183