Title, Synopsis and Publications Investigators and Collaborators
Living beyond expectations: How older women demonstrate successful and healthy ageing
Centenarians are a “model of ageing well”, having lived long and delayed the onset of disease and disability until much later in life.With increasing longevity, larger numbers of people will live to 100. However, little is known about the experiences of people at thisextreme old age, as few studies have included very old people and most do not have data from earlier life to put these late lifeexperiences into a life course context. Current participants of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) includean elite group of over 1400 women who are already past their mid-90s, and who are likely to live to 100. In-depth interviews with asample these women will provide a rare opportunity to gain insights into the experience of extreme old age, and to contrast theircurrent and retrospective views with the trajectories and circumstances presented by the quantitative and qualitative data collectedby ALSWH since 1996, when the women were in their 70s. The interviews will be framed by the new WHO healthy ageingframework, and will focus on women’s ability to do the things they want to do, and the balance between intrinsic capacity andfunctional support.

Prof Julie Byles
Prof Julie Byles
Prof Deborah Loxton
Dr Meredith Tavener
Ms Jenny Helman
Ms Emily Princehorn