Title, Synopsis and Publications Investigators and Collaborators
Late life decline in mental health: patterns, predictors and perspectives from older Australian women.
The overall aim of this study is to gain understanding of changes in mental health as women age, and particularly the phenomenon of late life decline in mental health. We will analyse 17 years of prospective data from a large cohort of women across to determine patterns of change in mental health scores, and particularly the proportions of women who experience late life decline in mental health and the rate of decline in mental health scores. We will also study how mental health scores change during the years prior to death at different ages, as well as the sociodemographic, behavioural and health-related factors that are associated with different patterns of change. The women’s own views on the changes affecting their lives and mental well-being will be further examined through analysis of extensive qualitative data provided by the women at each survey.
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Prof Julie Byles
Prof Julie Byles
Professor Nancy Pachana
Prof Deborah Loxton
Dr Catherine Chojenta
Mr Richard Gibson
Dr Lucy Leigh