AUSTRALIAN COHORT AND LONGITUDINAL STUDIES
 

 

 

The Older Australian Twin Study

Study aims

To find out what influences memory and thinking as we age. It investigates environmental influences such as lifetime physical and mental activity, socioeconomic environment, and nutrition

Status

Ongoing

Year commenced

2006

No. follow up

2

Timeframes

2 and 4 year follow ups

Baseline sample size

623

Sampling

Identical and non-identical twin pairs, aged 65 and older, living in NSW, QLD or VIC

Gender

Both

Content

Sociodemographic data, medical and psychiatric history, family history, risk factors, depression and anxiety.

Data collection

Questionnaires, medical, sociodemographic, psychiatric, neuropsychological assessments, cardiovascular, balance assessment, fine motor skills, blood samples, MRI, NEO Personality Inventory, nutrition, physical and mental activities, informant interviews.

Type of dementia

AD,VaD, Dementia with Lewybodies, FTD, Parkinson’s disease

Cognitive assessment

MMSE, GPCOG. Domains - premorbid intellectual functioning, attention, memory, visuospatialfunction, language, executive function, information processing speed.

Location of research

NSW, Qld, Vic

Contact person

DrJocelyn Bowden

Contact details

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 1800 81 8946

Web address

cheba.unsw.edu.au/project/older-australian-twins-study

Funding agencies

NHMRC/ARC Strategic Award Grant

Data availability

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