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What is ageing research?

Ageing research focuses on broad areas that relate to ageing (e.g., physical, mental, psychological and societal issues) and aged care, aiming to answer questions such as:

  • Why do we gain weight as we age?
  • Does eating fish or sleeping in, really mean I can live longer?
  • Why does ageing cause disease – can exercise protect against this?
  • How can we slow aging?
  • Why do our bodies decline as we grow old?
  • Is there a gene for determining how long we will live?
  • Can the bacteria in our gut support healthy ageing?
  • Can we do more to make sure older adults continue to be active members of our society?
  • How can we stop the loneliness pandemic of old age?
  • How can we make aged care homes (also known as nursing homes) a nicer place to live?
  • Do anti-ageing medications work?
  • How can we maintain the rights of older adults?
  • How can I remain independent for as long as possible?
  • How can we make our streets and shopping centres easier to navigate for older adults?

The types of studies include, but are not limited to:

  • surveys about what works in improving quality of life for older people, caregiver support or public policy decision making;
  • health and aged care services and system;
  • drug trials;
  • longitudinal follow-up studies, genetic testing or brain imaging;
  • intervention studies, where a behavioural or lifestyle change such as diet, socialising or exercise is introduced and research is conducted on whether this improves outcomes;
  • age discrimination, social support or aging and social stress.

All studies on the service have ethical approval. This means that they have been reviewed by independent panels to make sure there are protections for the rights, safety and well-being of participants.

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