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How our Institute investigators are responding to COVID-19
Several UNSW Ageing Futures Institute investigators are contributing their expertise to the pandemic response.
The use of everyday and assistive technology in the lives of older autistic adults

Research carried out by Institute members has led to the development of guidelines and recommendations for assistive technology use in older autistic adults.

Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition that is typically diagnosed in childhood. People who are diagnosed with autism sometimes have difficulties with social communication or restricted behaviours and interests. Autism can also affect attention and ways of learning. 

How community volunteer models support ageing CALD populations in Australia

Recent research has highlighted the individual and community benefits of a volunteer model for older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

The use of social robotics to address specific ageing needs

UNSW Creative Robotics Lab (CRL) at Paddington campus recently collaborated with South Eastern Community Connect (SECC) to introduce senior clients to the concept of social robots.


Using a co-design/participatory design approach, the project aims to develop creative activities, games, and physical training as applications proposed and designed by the senior costumers and coordinated by carers, SECC staff and Dr. Eduardo Sandoval. Shortly, a multidisciplinary team will be led by Dr Sandoval to further develop this project in a human-centred way.

Assessing risk factors for dementia – can CogDrisk be the right tool for the job?

A groundbreaking risk assessment tool for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease has been developed by researchers from the University of New South Wales Sydney.

Parks, Trees and Gardens: the importance of green spaces to older people’s health and wellbeing
A recent publication has explored the inequities around access to green spaces for certain groups including older people
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