Reimaging Ageing is a 7 part podcast series sharing real life stories, discussing the latest research and promoting healthy and active ageing into late life.

Join Dr Christina Hagger (Podcast works Radio Adelaide) and her expert guests as they explore many topics including living well with dementia, rehabilitation and self-efficacy after stroke, nutrition for brain health, exercise and activity, complementary medicines and social engagement.

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  • Episode 1. Walking with dementia with Nancy Russo minus-thick plus-thick

    'The most important thing is the person and the value of the person.'

    MAY 21

    Mrs Nancy Russo is the wife of the late Michael Cumming, mother to their son Nelson, and a History, Geography and Society and Culture teacher at Magdalene College, Narellan. In her role as a care partner she became a vocal advocate for her husband as they tried to navigate the health care system post dementia diagnosis. Her mantra is the importance of relationships. Nancy considers it essential for carers to set the care bar high and ensure the dignity of loved ones.

    Listen to the poignant journey of Nancy who realised the need for a multi-faceted approach to improve outcomes for people and families walking with dementia.

  • Episode 2. Keeping our independence with Professor Susan Hillier minus-thick plus-thick

    'The desire to move is a desire for independence.'

    MAY 21

    Susan Hillier is Dean of Research in the University of South Australia’s Allied Health & Human Performance Unit. She has teaching and research interests in the fields of neuroscience and rehabilitation. One of her main research areas is the effectiveness of rehabilitation approaches after stroke as well as models of rehabilitation and access to rehabilitation. The influence of rehabilitation on neuroplasticity is also a focus.

    In this podcast Susan examines how we get the brain into a learning frame of mind.

    • When things go wrong in the brain, how does it find a different way of doing something?
    • What motivates and engages the individual to promote learning? How do we maximise self-efficacy?
    • Mitigating risk factors for stroke and chronic illness.
    • ‘The whole human approach to recovery’.
  • Episode 3. Eating to reduce the risk of Dementia with Dr Alexandra Wade & Professor Frini Karayanidis minus-thick plus-thick

    'The most important thing is the person and the value of the person.'

    MAY 21

    Alex Wade is a Research Associate in the University of South Australia’s Allied Health & Human Performance Unit. Her work bridges the fields of nutrition and psychology and explores how we can reduce our risk of dementia by changing our diets. Her doctoral research focused on the Mediterranean diet, and whether it can be modified to improve cardiovascular and cognitive health for older Australians.

    Frini Karayanidis is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Newcastle. Her research in cognitive neuroscience focusses on the interplay between brain, behaviour and environment to craft a clearer picture of how we efficiently and adaptively apply cognitive control processes across the lifespan.

    In this podcast Alex and Frini discuss:

    • How we can optimise diet and physical activity compositions to prevent dementia?
    • What do the good oils and fats actually do in our bodies to promote health?
    • How does diet effect our brain and risk of dementia and capacity for brain processing speed?

    What is the Mediterranean diet? How does the Mediterranean diet improve our brain health by improving our heart health?

The Re-imagining Ageing Podcast was produced by Dr Ashleigh Smith and Dr Alexandra Wade in partnership with Radio Adelaide’s Podcast works (Host: Dr Christina Hagger, post-production Tiarne Cook and Lisa Burns, Radio Adelaide; music composed by Marty Haros). The Re-imagining Ageing Podcast was funded by a UniSA Researcher Connection Innovation Fund Grant, 2020