Epidemiology of ageing

Epidemiology of ageing

Intervention programs not only help to promote health in young and middle ages. Age tailored interventions and health promotion activities based on sound epidemiologic evidence can also delay the occurrence of chronic diseases and positively influence health in later life. Therefore, ageing research is of relevance in all departments of BIPS. The department of prevention and evaluation coordinates research activities in this field.

Our current focus is on innovative strategies incorporating the living environment of elderly persons as well as individual motivation through the application of new media. Our main focus is the promotion of physical activity in the so called third life phase (beginning of retirement). An increase in physical activity has been shown to positively influence health status. Elderly persons who integrate exercises in their life are not only healthier, but also remain fit and able to manage their life without additional professional aid, maintain their independence, and actively take part in society.

The department of prevention and evaluation is coordinating a large-scale research project on ageing conducted in cooperation with several partner institutions in North-West Germany. The project, which is funded by the BMBF, will combine different strategies to increase physical activity of elderly persons.

Projects of other departments include studies regarding drug safety issues in geriatric patients, such as: Pharmacoepidemiological safety study of neuroleptics and antidepressants in the area of geriatric psychiatrics LINK

The participation of the department and the whole BIPS institute in the Leibniz research network “healthy ageing” will provide an important link between basic research and practical implementation of results.