Physical Activity for Better Health and Drive (PhAB-HeaD)

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In 2050, it is estimated that 16% of the population will be made up of individuals aged 65 years and over. At this age, dementia rates begin doubling every six years, and more minor cognitive decline can threaten independence by making it harder to do day-to-day activities, like driving.
Though age can be associated with cognitive decline and increased risk of dementia, we can take action to keep ourselves as healthy and independent as possible. There is substantial evidence for the benefits of exercise, and the benefits of cognitive training for maintaining and improving cognitive health as we age. It is less clear is whether doing both exercise and cognitive training at the same time is more beneficial than doing them separately.
This research project will explore the potential benefit of physical and cognitive training alone and a combined approach of concurrent physical and cognitive training as a protective mechanism against known cognitive changes due to ageing, such as a decline in cognitive function and driving skills.
The PhABHeaD study is a multi-disciplinary collaborative study that seeks to foster maximum engagement of all involved and achieve high-quality research in a supportive, ethical environment. The PhABHeaD study and related data are jointly owned by the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.
If you:
  • Are aged 60-75, living within the community; and,
  • Are sedentary to recreationally active; and,
  • Hold a current and valid driver's licence; and,
  • Have no history of significant neurological, psychiatric, visual or auditory impairment; or,
  • Have no history of physical impairment that may preclude participation in the physical activity conditions.
If you are interested in participating in our 12-week training intervention, where you will undertake weekly cycling, cognitive training, or both at once and have a chance to experience our state-of-the-art driving simulator, click here to read our study information sheet to learn more about the details, and contact our research team via: to enquire about study participation.

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If you are interested in participating and would like to find out more, please contact our research team through the buttom below.

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Updated:  26 April 2023/Responsible Officer:  Director/Page Contact:  Executive Support Officer