More than 250,000 people — one in 10 NSW men and women aged over 45 — have been recruited to the 45 and Up Study, the largest ongoing study of healthy ageing in the Southern Hemisphere. By following such a large group of people over the long term, a world-class research resource that can be used to boost understanding of how Australians are ageing is being developed. This will answer important health and quality-of-life questions and help manage and prevent illness through improved knowledge of conditions such as cancer, heart disease, depression, obesity and diabetes.

The information gathered will give governments the tools to make better decisions about healthcare for people as they age. The Study is also a rich source of information for researchers, with nearly 500 of them currently using it in research projects ranging from sleep and physical activity to investigating the causes of early retirement.

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