Jan

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2022

Helping boost brain function in Currumbin

For individuals struggling with cognitive decline or wanting help to improve cognitive function as they age, Currumbin Clinic’s Brain Gym day program focuses on issues related to managing cognitive function. This includes brain training exercises and creating a healthy balanced lifestyle through mental and physical activities, healthy eating and social activities.

Brain training for older adults, does it actually work?

Historically, people have used several games — from Sudoku to crosswords — to boost their cognitive abilities, from dedicated brain training programs or apps that promise to boost memory, attention span and more, with the goal to keep the mind mentally sharp no matter what age.

Much like the body, keeping the brain active is important at all stages of life. Brain training aims to serve as mental exercise that has the potential to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. Brain training can provide a simple way to improve memory and problem-solving skills.

Many studies have been carried out to evaluate the efficacy of cognitive training. Evidence suggests that 12 or more weeks of cognitive training may improve cognition in older adults.

Currumbin Clinic Psychologist Anne-Marie Elias says, ‘Engaging in brain training activities can help to significantly reduce and slow down the negative mental effects brought on by old age.

‘For older people, brain training should be conducted as much as possible to get maximum benefits.’.

Currumbin Clinic’s Brain Gym day program is designed for people over 50 years of age who may be experiencing adjustment difficulties, depression, anxiety from early signs of memory loss and/or cognitive changes.

The 12-week program covers a range of topics relating to boosting brain activity, positive mental health and general wellbeing. Program content includes but is not limited to:

  • cognitive stimulation
  • education sessions relating to brain health, physical health and cognitive health
  • memory strategies
  • exercise
  • diet for a healthy brain
  • social activities
  • relaxation
  • mindfulness.

For more information about this program and how to register, contact Currumbin Clinic on (07) 5525 9682, or contact the clinic’s Admission and Assessment Team on 1800 119 118.

Download a program flyer (PDF, 234KB).

Update provided 21 April 2022.

As you know, Lismore Skin Clinic in Molesworth Street was destroyed in the recent floods, and we are trying to rebuild the site as soon as we can.

In the meantime we will be moving to St Vincent’s Hospital Specialist Medical Centre – Level 4, Suite 12 – 20 Dalley Street Lismore.

We hope to be up and running in the next two weeks (by early to mid May 2022) and our receptionists will soon begin calling our patients to rebook their appointments and catch up with their needs.

Once we have a firm opening date we will update this notification.

Our email address – [email protected] and our phone number – 02 6621 3500 will remain the same as in the past. Only the address changes for a while.

We look forward to seeing you soon in our new premises.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding in these heartbreaking times – stay safe.

Dr Gudmundsen and the Team from Lismore Skin Clinic

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Nigel Cronin
Senior Manager, Education
[email protected]
0437 169 786
02 6627 3390
Based on Bundjalung Country in Lismore

Bronwyn Thirkell
Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation and Education and Events Coordinator NNSW
[email protected]
0437 027 751
02 6618 5445
Based on Bundjalung Country in Ballina

Krissi Devlin
Education and Events Coordinator MNC
[email protected]
0447 407 473
02 6659 1808
Working days: Monday Thursday.
Based on Gumbaynggirr Country in Coffs Harbour

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