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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
2020 AFI Seed Grant recipient awarded $3.7 million to continue intergenerational research
Institute member Associate Professor Ruth Peters has received $3.7 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies award to deliver the 4-year INTEGRITY clinical trial. 
Addressing the lived experience of mental health through arts-based research and events
The Big Anxiety Festival brings together creative thinkers – including artists, scientists, health and community workers, and people with lived experience — to re-imagine mental health care for the 21st century.
The impact of COVID-19 and changing funding models on centre-based aged care services in Australia
A new study has highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic and changing funding models have created challenges in access to centre-based aged care services, particularly for the most vulnerable.