Centre for Ageing Population Studies (CAPS)


The over-arching goals of CAPs are to better understand age-related conditions that impact on well-being and independence in later life, and translate this knowledge to develop and test complex interventions to improve health and well-being and maintain independence for older people. CAPS is at the leading edge of research in primary care for older people, and are a multi-disciplinary group with expertise in intervention development, qualitative research, epidemiology and clinical trials. Public involvement is central to our work, including the co-production of many of our interventions.

We aim to:

1) Determine the epidemiology of age-related conditions, to inform the development of new interventions, with a focus on earlier, more timely diagnosis and intervention in a primary care setting.

2) Understand how health and social care systems work for older people, and how these can/should be adapted in an ageing society.

3) Develop and test new complex interventions for older people in primary care and community settings, focussing on those aimed to promote well-being, reduce disability and maintain independence in later life.

We have a broad programme of work; the key themes are: