Een publiekscampagne om bewustwording over risicoreductie van dementie te verhogen: een pre-post studie

Translated title of the contribution: Raising awareness for dementia risk reduction through a public health campaign: a pre-post study

Irene Heger*, Sebastian Köhler, Martin van Boxtel, Marjolein de Vugt, KlaasJan Hajema, Frans Verhey, Kay Deckers

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This study evaluates a public health campaign initiated by the Alzheimer Center Limburg of Maastricht University. The aim was to increase awareness of the influence of a healthy lifestyle on lowering the risk of dementia in community-dwelling inhabitants of the Province of Limburg (aged 40 - 75 years). The campaign used mass media and public events, supported by a campaign website and mobile application (MijnBreincoach app). An additional district-oriented approach was chosen in the municipalities of Roermond, Landgraaf and Brunssum, in which local stakeholders were involved in the design and execution of campaign-related events. Population-level difference in awareness before and after the campaign was assessed in two independent samples. No pre-post difference was observed in the level of awareness of dementia risk reduction. An additional analyses in the post-campaign sample revealed that the group that reported to have heard of the campaign, was more often aware of dementia risk reduction and reported higher motivation for behavioural change than the group that had not heard of the campaign. The district-oriented approach resulted in better recognition of campaign-material and the mobile application. With regard to the individual lifestyle factors, healthy diet and physical activity were identified more often post-campaign. Cognitive activity was identified most often at both pre- and post-assessment, but there was no increase in awareness after the campaign.

Translated title of the contributionRaising awareness for dementia risk reduction through a public health campaign: a pre-post study
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)1-12
JournalTijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2021


  • Dementia/prevention & control
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Mass Media
  • Risk Reduction Behavior

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