AUSTRALIAN COHORT AND LONGITUDINAL STUDIES
 

 

 

Sydney Older Persons Study

Study aims

To investigate successful ageing, with a focus on the definition, possible causes and consequences of neurodegenerative disorders contrasted with somatic (non-communicable) disorders.

Status

Completed

Year commenced

1991

No. follow up

4

Timeframes

1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000

Baseline sample size

647 (327 veterans and 320 non-veterans)

Sampling

Random samples of Veterans and war widow and non-veterans, who were aged 75 and over and living in the community

Gender

Both

Content

Medical use, disease, disability, service use, dementia, mortality, life satisfaction and depression, carer distress, alcohol, smoking and physical activity, laboratory results

Data collection

Medical and neuropsychological assessments, blood samples and medication history. MRI scanning and hippocampal measurements of a sub-sample at wave 4 and 5 with additional follow up for health changes. Extensive in home interviews of participants and informants for health changes and impact over time

Type of dementia

Dementia and sub-types (AD, Vascular,FTD, DLB); MCI (amnestic, extrapyramidal and vascular)

Cognitive assessment

MMSE

Location of research

Inner Western Suburbsof Sydneyby LGA

Contact person

Professor Tony Broe

Contact details

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Web address

ada.edu.au/longitudinal/browse/sydney-older-persons-study

Funding agencies

Research and Development Grants Advisory Council, PH and RDC, RFBI, Sir Zelman Cowan Foundation, NHMRC for 4 waves

Data availability

Freely available depending on workload of, and collaboration with, Data Custodian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.