Dementia and ageing research

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Why support research in dementia and ageing?

With an ageing Australian population, and increasing costs for health care, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout the human aging process. In Australia, dementia represents the single biggest cause of disability in those aged over 65: more than 353,800 people live with it. Worldwide, three in ten people aged over 85 are affected, and an estimated 1.2 million people are involved in dementia care.

At the Institute of Health and Biomedical innovation, we’re researching how aging impacts people, their families and carers, with a specialised focus on dementia. We’re seeking to understand how:

  • wellness can be achieved and maintained
  • healthcare education, delivery and quality can be improved
  • optimal quality of life can be ensured for older people
  • carers can be validated, educated and supported to manage their own health while providing high levels of care.

Addressing real-world challenges

Our research investigates the molecular, biological and environmental factors linked to age-related diseases like:

  • neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease
  • cancer
  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • mental health
  • macular degeneration
  • links between aging and cognition

We are focused on developing prevention strategies, treatments and tools for easy diagnosis, education and promotion to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of older people.

Our research in dementia and ageing investigates:

  • ageing and links to wound healing, pain and self-management
  • links between nutrition, exercise, the immune system and healthy ageing
  • improving posture, balance and gait in older people to avoid falls
  • understanding the links between ageing, visual impairment and neurological disease
  • the effects of ageing on vision and driving performance
  • effective communication between healthcare workers and people living with cognitive impairment and carers
  • integrated health service models to improve outcomes from aged and healthcare services
  • environmental legibility, accessibility and safety for older people with cognitive issues
  • preparedness of dementia carers for natural disasters
  • non-pharmacological intervention development for people with dementia.

Our expert researchers

Our researchers have leading roles in national and international collaborations, including the:

  • NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research
  • Dementia Collaborative Research Centre
  • NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in End of Life Care.

With expertise in health service innovation, developing workforce capacity and consumer engagement, our researchers are ensuring discoveries are translated directly into policy and practice. We have established direct links with older people, carers and families in multiple contexts to ensure our research and programs have real world relevance. This includes partnerships with:

  • homes
  • hospitals
  • community services
  • translational care programs
  • residential aged care facilities
  • respite centres
  • day care.

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Philanthropy Officer (Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation)
Sharyn Tidswell