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TRIPLE RISK: HALF of women will de­velop de­men­tia or Parkin­son’s dis­ease, or have a stroke in their life­time, ac­cord­ing to a study of more than 12,000 peo­ple. The new re­search sug­gests that about a third of men aged 45 and one in two women of the same age are likely to go on to be di­ag­nosed with one of the con­di­tions. The re­searchers, from the Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter Rot­ter­dam, in the Nether­lands, said pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures could “sub­stan­tially” re­duce the bur­den of the ill­nesses. The find­ings have been pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Neu­rol­ogy, Neu­ro­surgery, and Psy­chi­a­try. The over­all risk of a 45-year-old later de­vel­op­ing one of the three con­di­tions (de­men­tia, Parkin­son’s dis­ease, stroke)was 48% for women and 36% for men. PRI­MARY PRO­GRAMME: To mark World Men­tal Health Day, Walk in My Shoes Ra­dio will broad­cast a spe­cial pro­gramme for pri­mary school pupils and teach­ers. The pro­gramme will air be­tween 11am and 1pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 10, and schools across the coun­try are en­cour­aged to tune in for some in­sights into youth men­tal health. Tune into Walk In My Shoes Ra­dio via the TuneIn app, on­line at www.walk­in­myshoes.ie or turn the dial to WIMS FM. Fre­quency na­tion­wide as fol­lows: Dublin 105.2 FM; Cork 106.7 FM; Clare 105.5 FM; Gal­way 87.7 FM. Walk in My Shoes is a men­tal health aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign run by St. Patrick’s Men­tal Health Ser­vices. MU­SI­CAL MEM­O­RIES: A web­site has been launched to trig­ger mem­o­ries in peo­ple suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia. BBC Mu­sic Mem­o­ries fol­lows re­search show­ing how mu­sic ben­e­fits those with the con­di­tion. The new site (www.bbc.co.uk/mu­sicmem­o­ries) can be ac­cessed via your PC, tablet, or smart­phone. It is de­signed to help peo­ple “re­con­nect with the mu­sic they have loved”. It con­tains snip­pets of around 1,800 mu­si­cal tracks, in­clud­ing the big­gest songs from the last 100 years, TV and ra­dio theme tunes, and the most pop­u­lar pieces from 20 clas­si­cal com­posers. By brows­ing for tracks by decade and genre, the site aims to help users find their most pow­er­ful mu­si­cal mem­o­ries and cre­ate and share their own per­son­alised playlist.

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