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Successful ageing and cognitive decline in a community sample

Prof Henry Brodaty, Dr Megan Heffernan
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution
Project Description

Models of 'successful ageing' that use objective criteria (combination of physical, cognitive and social measures) tend to find low rates of successful ageing compared to studies that use self-rated criteria.

Understanding the relevance of these definitions to cognitive decline is complicated by the comprehensive nature of the objective criteria. It is difficult to assess the association between successful ageing and cognition, if good cognitive function is already in the definition.

This project uses data from the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study (MAS). MAS is an on-going longitudinal study of community dwelling people 70-90 years old.

At baseline all participants were dementia free and their data will be used to assess how rates of successful ageing differ by definition, and which of these definitions are related to cognitive decline such as incident dementia.

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