Healthy Ageing

Healthy ageing involves engaging in opportunities and positive steps so that middle-aged and older adults can optimise their health outcomes and enjoy a high quality of life. Below, you will find a range of resources that may provide you with the information you need in order to age well.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Australians with Mild Cognitive Impairment or Subjective Cognitive Decline

The AUPOA led the development of Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Australians with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD) to inform older adults, health care providers, and policy makers about the current evidence on the health benefits of physical activity for adults aged 60 and older with MCI or SCD.

Visit our Guidelines page here to read more and access the Guidelines.

Healthy Ageing Evidence Briefs

As part of a knowledge transfer project funded by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, researchers from the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University collaborated to create two evidence briefs for the wider community.

These evidence briefs identify risk factors for the development of cognitive impairment and dementia, provide more detailed information about ways in which we can make changes to our lifestyle to reduce these risks, and also include references to organisations and informative resources which may provide more useful and practical information. To view these evidence briefs, please select from one of the options below:

Physical Activity (pdf)

Vascular Risk Factors (pdf)


The ANU-ADRI is an evidence-based online questionnaire, developed by the Australian National University (ANU). The ANU-ADRI examines exposure to lifestyle and health factors that are known to be associated with an increased risk of the development of Alzheimer's disease in individuals aged over 60 years.

To find out more about the ANU-ADRI, please visit the ANU-ADRI website.

You can take the ANU-ADRI quiz here.

The Healthy Ageing Quiz

The Healthy Ageing Quiz (HAQ), developed by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), is an online quiz designed to help middle-aged and older people evaluate lifestyle factors that are important for healthy ageing. The HAQ provides specific recommendations based on the latest research findings regarding healthy and positive ageing. The HAQ enables individuals to:

  • Learn more about healthy ageing and lifestyle choices
  • Assess areas of health that can be improved
  • Make informed decisions regarding lifestyle behaviours.

You can find out if your current lifestyle is helping you to age well here.

Centre for Research Excellence in Cognitive Health

The Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Cognitive Health is a collaboration between researchers at the Australian National University, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, University of Exeter , Deakin University , University of Melbourne and University of New South Wales .

The CRE focuses on the integrally linked areas of optimising cognitive health and the prevention of cognitive decline, and aims to build an evidence base regarding cognitive health promotion and prevention of cognitive decline, develop methods to translate and implement established findings, and model population level impacts of cognitive impairment risk modification to inform policy.

See here to view the CRE website.