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As we get older, we might experience some changes in our thinking and memory skills. There is variation from person to person in the degree of change experienced; some people might experience declines that limit their ability to live independently, while others maintain their thinking skills throughout later life.

Studies of ageing have helped us understand how thinking skills develop and change across the life course and through later life, and importantly, identify the lifestyle and behavioural determinants of those changes. There are important questions about when such lifestyles might be most beneficial, or how other factors such as educational and social background might affect their apparent benefits.

The findings from these large observational studies are being translated into real-world interventions at The Ageing Lab at Heriot-Watt. Find out more at Professor Alan Gow's Inaugural Lecture.