Why research ageing?

Australia’s population is ageing. Advances in health care, living standards and technology have contributed to lower fertility rates and increased life expectancy meaning that Australians are living longer and in the future older people will make up a larger percentage of our population.

By researching ageing now and creating an evidence base for all the aspects of life and society affected by ageing we are helping to build a better future for all.

The way our bodies change as we age is one of the most obvious aspects of getting older. These changes can affect our health and wellbeing, and can have an impact on how we participate in the community. NARI conducts research into the ageing body and mind, and uses this research to shape health promotion, service provision and policy development concerning older people.

Australia’s older population includes a diverse range of people whose various cultures and backgrounds influence their experience of ageing. At NARI we conduct research that concerns older people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; people with mental illness; and people with a range of abilities.

Research into ageing is used by health service providers, governments, academics, the aged care industry and economists to influence and support changes in all aspects of life and society. This helps increase the quality of care provided to older people and enables us all to live fulfilling and meaningful lives as we get older.