CFAS Wales

Maintaining Function and Well-Being in Later Life:

A Longitudinal Cohort Study (CFAS Wales)

Cognitive function and ageing studies - Wales (CFAS-Wales) is a longitudinal study looking at health and cognitive function in older people living in Wales. The Economic and Social Research Council and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales have provided funding for the project, which is being led by Professor Bob Woods at the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), Bangor University.

The research is being conducted in Wales by Bangor University and Swansea University, and will be carried out in four key locations -  Gwynedd and Anglesey in the North, and Neath and Port Talbot in the South.

This study will complement data from an earlier survey conducted in the mid 1990s (CFAS-I), and aims to address key questions regarding later life and ageing in the 21st century that currently cannot be answered by other sources. The project is closely linked to the MRC-CFAS project based in England. Following on from CFAS-I, the present study will survey a new cohort of 5000 older people enabling an evaluation of changes that have occurred over the last 15 years in lifestyle, including exercise and activities, and people’s expectations of ageing, services and families, to be conducted. By evaluating function at individual, community and societal levels, as well as quantifying differences seen between 1994 and 2011, this study will provide data that will advance scientific understanding and inform policy and planning for the ageing population in an era where by 2025 one in five of the population in the UK will be over 65 and 5.5% over 80 (UN, 2006).

Where can I find out more information?

More detailed information about the study can be found on the Cognitive Function And Ageing Studies page, with information about our key questions on the Research Information page. A leaflet detailing information about the study can be downloaded here: Welsh, English.

Information about members of the CFAS-Wales project team and contact details can be found on the Meet The Team page.

Finally, to follow the progress of the project please see the News And Events page, and the Publications page for articles published in relation to the research outcomes.

If you would like to speak to a member of the research team about the project please telephone the Bangor office on (01248) 383050, or the Swansea office on (01792) 602906. Alternatively you can email the research team at cfas-wales@bangor.ac.uk, or write to the team at CFAS Wales, Institute of Medical and Social Care Research, Bangor Univeristy, Ardudwy, Normal Site, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2PX.