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The brain painting: “the snake eating away the life of your memory”. Memory problems (dementia) are caused by damage to the brain

Posted on: 24 June, 2013
Issue: Vol 13 No 2, April 2013 – June 2013
Related to Cultural ways Dementia Health promotion Western Australia

Dwyer AL (2013)
brain painting: “the snake eating away the life of your memory”. Memory problems (dementia) are caused by damage to the brain
Perth, WA: Western Australian Centre for Health & Ageing

This poster was designed to raise awareness about dementia among Aboriginal people. To relate the effects of dementia to an Aboriginal audience, the poster uses traditional dot painting to show a snake inside the brain, whereby the snake is said to be eating away a person’s memory. The poster explains the risk factors for dementia and highlights some of the signs of dementia. The poster was developed as part of the Indigenous dementia services study by a project officer involved in the study.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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