Age-old questions answered

7 Mar 2017
Professor Nancy Pachana
Professor Nancy Pachana

What is the key to positive and successful ageing? How can society best provide for our greying population?

These and other questions on the process of growing older are the focus of a new book by  University of Queensland clinical geropsychologist Professor Nancy Pachana.

In Ageing: A Very Short Introduction, the School of Psychology researcher and lecturer explores the biological, psychological, and social changes humans undergo as they age.

“Understanding the process of ageing is not only important for individuals but also for societies and nations if the full potential of those entering later life is to be realised," Professor Pachana said.

“Increased lifespans in the developed and the developing world have created an urgent need to find ways to enhance our functioning and wellbeing in the later decades of life.

“This needs to be reflected in government policies and action plans addressing our ageing populations.

“The continuing participation of older adults in the social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs of their communities is crucial.”

Professor Pachana’s book discusses recent innovations in professional care of older adults.

“Across the globe we’re just starting to make advancements in the provision for our ageing citizens,” Professor Pachana said.

“There are revolutionary models of nursing home care being put forward, such as the communal Green House nursing homes in the USA and the Small Group Living homes for people with dementia in the Netherlands.”

Professor Pachana is co-founder and co-director of the UQ Ageing Mind Initiative, which promotes ageing research and translation into policy and practice.

Ageing: A Very Short Introduction is part of the Oxford University Press Very Short Introduction series of titles.

Media: Professor Nancy Pachana,, +61 7 3365 6832, Twitter @pachana; Dani Nash, UQ Communications,, +61 7 3346 3035, Twitter @UQhealth.