The Ageing Participation and Safety Research Team investigates ways to improve the well being of older people and how best to prevent falls. Participation and meaningful engagement in everyday life is strongly associated with well being.
Our focus is on conducting evaluation research, performing assessments and developing interventions to develop better preventative care outcomes. The increasing numbers of older Australians and the resulting increase in hospitalisation costs is driving government to take greater notice of research focused on preventative care.
Within this wider focus we are also interested in improving the access to preventative care for specific cultural groups.
The research team is led by Professor Lindy Clemson and includes a core group of five team members with expertise in psychology, occupational therapy, epidemiology, nutrition and sociology.
We work collaboratively with other Research Groups within the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine and other faculties at Sydney University, and outside bodies such as the George Institute and the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute.
Participation, safety and ageing – led by Professor Lindy Clemson
The Ageing, Participation and Safety Team, led by Professor Lindy Clemson, has a strong record of achievement in developing and testing intervention programs in areas that have been identified as major markers of downward health trajectories. These have largely been in the area of falls prevention and more recently the challenges of coping with dementia into later life and remaining engaged in meaningful activity. These programs are underpinned by principles of enablement and are designed in consultation with older people. They aim to maintain independence and engagement in life roles and activities.
One example is the recently published LiFE program in the British Medical Journal, a program where balance and strength training is embedded in daily activity. This program arose from older people voicing the need for an alternative approach to traditional routine exercise. A joint symposium at the GSA in San Diego later this year will highlight four years of collaborative work with the University of Madison, Wisconsin to explore issues of sustainability and reach of community based falls prevention. This work has important implications for equity of access for urban and rural older people.