Characterising dementia and cognition in ageing

Intrinsic capacity (a component of Healthy Ageing) comprises the mental and physical capacities that a person can draw on and includes their ability to walk, think, see, hear and remember. Thus, intrinsic capacity is influenced by biological factors. To determine ageing, dementia and cognitive decline in older adults in the context of biological ageing of the brain, especially the functions of processing speed, vision and hearing and visual and auditory attention, and how this underpins behaviour and social interaction and how biological evidence matches real-life experience and effects upon everyday life, such as falls, driving, and life in the workplace.

CADR will generate new knowledge by:

  • Forging a shared mission to deliver an interdisciplinary understanding of ageing and dementia, enhancing current knowledge on: Characterising vascular dementia, rare dementias, subjective cognitive decline, visual attention and cognitive impairment by linking with other work packages e.g. visual attention, vascular dementia and falls and Physical environmental influences on the experiences of dementia.

Research will focus on the body as a biological system and will

  • Provide the infrastructure to enable leading researchers in ageing and dementia research to compete globally by becoming world leading experts by addressing issues concerning the brain especially in relation to dementia and cognitive function. Providing a platform for collaborations and internationally competitive interdisciplinary and translational research that will examine how certain factors influence the ability to move around an environment and how to do so safely, determining how the physical environmental influences on the experiences of dementia

R&D activities will provide the basis for large, research grant applications, developing and building research capacity underpinning increased grant capture, establishing essential research resources, novel skills and technologies, and building critical mass for PhD students and early career researchers

  • Data analysis and writing inform clinicians and the general public about the importance of attention and changes in it as part of healthy ageing but also in relation to cognitive change and dementia, and how such factors can affect everyday life and what might be done to ameliorate such changes (especially in relation to falls)
  • Develop and facilitate business and clinical linkages to inform future research into environmental interaction and design for older adults and people living with dementia
  • Involve and engage the public to ensure that research addresses the needs of older people, people with dementia and carers
  • Impact case studies to evolve from exploratory work