Our research into dementia and healthy cognitive ageing, led by Professor Kaarin Anstey, is focused on optimising the cognitive and mental health and mobility of ageing adults.

Research focus areas

  • Cognitive ageing and cognitive resilience over the life course
  • Dementia prevention and dementia epidemiology
  • Ageism and stigma reduction
  • Older driver safety
  • Late-life mental wellbeing

Why this research matters

Our research will evaluate scalable interventions, inform government policies, and improve quality of life in older adults.

Australia, along with the rest of the world, has a rapidly ageing population. By 2060, around one-fifth of Australia’s population will be 65 or over.

Currently, there’s an estimated 487,000 Australians living with dementia. Without a major medical breakthrough this is tipped to reach over 1 million people by 2058. What our research is focused on is prevention - how do we stop people from getting dementia in the first place?

And we’re focused on care. For individuals and families dealing with dementia, we are focused on finding ways to improve health services and outcomes.

Current research projects