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Launch of new CEPAR research brief on cognitive ageing and decline

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More than 80 participants, including representatives from government, the wider scientific community, media and the general public, gained insights into the most recent research on cognitive ageing and decline at the launch event of CEPAR's latest research brief, held on 11 April 2018 at NSW Parliament House and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in Sydney. Major national media outlets reported on the research insights.

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) research brief on Cognitive ageing and decline: Insights from recent research was launched at a special breakfast event at the Parliament of New South Wales (NSW). Hosted by The Hon. Tanya Davies, MP and Professor Peter Schoefield, Executive Director and CEO of NeuRA, the event featured talks by CEPAR researchers Scientia Professor John Piggott, Professor Kaarin Anstey and Professor Hazel Bateman, and The Hon. Scott Farlow, MLC.



Following the event at NSW Parliament House, the speakers gave an overview of the report findings at a morning tea reception at NeuRA. Professor Piggott presented the projected growth in the number of Australians living with severe cognitive impairment and what this means for the community and economy. Piggott is the Director of CEPAR and Scientia Professor of Economics at UNSW.


Professor Kaarin Anstey identified actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of dementia. Anstey is a Chief Investigator and Deputy Director at CEPAR. She holds a Chair in the School of Psychology at UNSW and is the NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at NeuRA. 


One important insight is 'financial fragility'. Cognitive ageing and decline affects financial decision making of an older population. "As the population ages and more people face cognitive limitations, we need to consider whether the choice architecture of superannuation can cope," said Professor Hazel Bateman who is a Chief Investigator and Deputy Director at CEPAR, and a professor in the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies at UNSW. She is one of Australia's leading experts in superannuation and pensions.


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For further information: Research brief on Cognitive ageing and decline: Insights from recent research