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.