Raising awareness about dementia and stress: Constructor University students publish brochures
Raising awareness about dementia and stress Constructor University students publish brochures
Dr. Amir Jahanian Najafabadi supervised a student project on the topic of dementia and stress. (Source: Constructor University)

Dementia is already widespread and will continue to increase in our ageing society. This also applies to chronic stress. To raise awareness of these diseases and help prevent them, a group of students led by neuroscientist Dr. Amir Jahanian Najafabadi has now published two comprehensive brochures.

"Our aim was to communicate scientific findings in an understandable way and to raise awareness of the topics," says Jahanian Najafabadi. On 38 pages, the brochure explains what dementia is, how lifestyle changes can minimize the risk of the disease and how sufferers can be helped. It also explains the current state of research and describes the most important technical terms.

Another important topic is mental stress, which Jahanian Najafabadi describes as a "natural reaction to the demands and pressures of daily life." Although stress is a normal part of life, chronic or excessive stress can have a detrimental effect on physical and mental health. The brochure raises awareness of the factors that lead to stress in daily life and throughout the lifespan, while offering coping strategies.

The publications, which were produced in collaboration with the Dementia Information and Coordination Centre (DIKS) Bremen and are supported by Sparkasse, are part of Constructor University's Community Impact Project (CIP). As an integral part of their studies, students work with local partner organizations in order to make a contribution to the region. However, the brochures go far beyond the neighborhood: they can be downloaded in German, English, Russian, Albanian and Portuguese from the website https://awareness-cip.de/home and are also available from DIKS.

Jahanian Najafabadi, founder of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Society (INS) at Constructor University and postdoctoral researcher at the Cognitive Neuroscience Department at Bielefeld University, has been researching ageing issues and neuropsychiatric disorders for a long time. Most recently, he published a study on the ability of older people to use new technologies such as VR glasses.

Questions answered by:
Dr. Amir Jahanian Najafabadi | Interdisciplinary Neuroscientist
ajahaniannajafabadi@constructor.university | Tel.: +49 421 200-3045

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