MANDURAH Bridge Club members took part in the Bridge for Brains Research Challenge at Bortolo Pavillion this month.
Funds raised from the event went to Neuroscience Research Australia for Alzheimer’s and dementia research.
NeuRA researchers are working on improving early diagnosis of dementia and developing treatments to prevent the disease altogether.
The launch of the challenge coincided with new findings that revealed which areas of the brain were affected in dementia and why this leads to a lack of empathy in some people with dementia but not others.
“A sense of empathy is essential for social functioning,” researcher Dr Muireann Irish said.
“It’s about having concern for other people’s feelings and welfare.
“The results of our study will help clinicians and caregivers to better understand the behavioural changes in dementia and how to best deal with them.”