Lifestyle and Prevention

Project Details

The Healthy Ageing Program's Lifestyle and Prevention research examines lifestyle factors such as diet and nutrition, smoking, alcohol consumption, sleep, and physical activity. The use of preventative screening services, such as Pap smears and mammograms, is also investigated.

Current Lifestyle and Prevention projects in the Healthy Ageing Program include:

  • Mediterranean Diet and beta-amyloid accrual
  • Nutrient intake and cognitive decline
  • Dietary Inflammatory Index
  • Diet and healthy ageing
  • Iron and fatigue
  • Vitamin D deficiency and balance
  • Lifestyle factors and cognitive health
  • Physical activities for healthy ageing


  • Professor Peter Clifton
  • Dr Edward Hill
  • Dr Alicia Goodwill
  • Dr Stephen Bovalino
  • Nathanial Sage
  • Christopher Harding

Research Outcomes

Our research in the media

Research Publications

  • Hill, E., Szoeke, C., Dennerstein, L., Campbell, S., & Clifton, P. (2018). Adherence to the Mediterranean Diet Is not Related to Beta-Amyloid Deposition: Data from the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project. The journal of prevention of Alzheimer's disease5(2), 137-141. doi: 10.14283/jpad.2018.12
  • Goodwill, A. M., & Szoeke, C. (2017). A systematic review and meta‚Äźanalysis of the effect of low vitamin D on cognition. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society65(10), 2161-2168. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15012
  • Bovalino, S., Charleson, G., & Szoeke, C. (2016). The impact of red and processed meat consumption on cardiovascular disease risk in women. Nutrition32(3), 349-354. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2015.09.015
  • Cox, K. L., Cyarto, E. V., Ellis, K. A., Ames, D., Desmond, P., Phal, P., ... & You, E. (2019). A randomized controlled trial of adherence to a 24-month home-based physical activity program and the health benefits for older adults at risk of Alzheimer’s disease: The AIBL Active-Study. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease70(s1), S187-S205. doi: 10.3233/JAD-180521
  • Said, C. M., Morris, M. E., McGinley, J. L., Szoeke, C., Workman, B., Liew, D., ... & Ventura, C. (2015). Evaluating the effects of increasing physical activity to optimize rehabilitation outcomes in hospitalized older adults (MOVE Trial): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials16(1), 13. doi: 10.1186/s13063-014-0531-y
  • Barber, B., Ames, D., Ellis, K., Martins, R., Masters, C., & Szoeke, C. (2012). Lifestyle and late life cognitive health: sufficient evidence to act now?. International psychogeriatrics24(5), 683-688. doi: 10.1017/S1041610211002912

Research Group

Healthy Ageing Program

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Women's Health, Infectious Diseases and Immunity, Musculoskeletal , Cardiometabolic

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