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The Ageing Lab

Exploring interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of older people

Publications

The Ageing Lab was launched in 2014. The publications resulting since then are: 

  • Vaportzis, E., Giatsi Clausen, M., & Gow, A. J. (2018). Older Adults Experiences of Learning to Use Tablet Computers: A Mixed Methods Study. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 1631. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01631 OPEN ACCESS
  • Vaportzis, E. & Gow, A. J. (2018). People’s beliefs and expectations about how cognitive skills change with age: Evidence from a UK-wide aging survey. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 26, 797-805. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2018.03.016 OPEN ACCESS 

    2017
  • Vaportzis, E., Martin, M., & Gow, A. J. (2017). A Tablet for Healthy Ageing: The effect of a tablet computer training intervention on cognitive abilities in older adults. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25, 841-851. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2016.11.015 OPEN ACCESS
  • Vaportzis, E. Giatsi Clausen, M., & Gow, A. J. (2017). Older adults perceptions of technology and barriers to interacting with tablet computers: A focus group study. Frontiers in Psychology, 8: 1687. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01687 OPEN ACCESS

You can view a full list of Dr Alan Gow's publications here.


Reports


Book chapters

  • Gow, A. J. (2017). Intelligence and aging. In Pachana, N., Encyclopedia of Geropsychology, Singapore: Springer.

Media


Presentations

The Ageing Lab team participate in a broad range of events, conferences and public engagement activities. These have included:

  • Niechcial, M. (2018). What Keeps You Sharp? People’s views about preserving thinking skills in old age. Presentation at the British Geriatrics Society Autumn Meeting, London, UK, 14th-16th November.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). From ageing cohorts to real-world interventions in cognitive ageing. Research seminar at the Centre for Ageing Research, Lancaster University, UK, 14th November.
  • Gow, A. J. & Luciano, M. (2018). What Keeps Us Sharp? Presentation at the Age Scotland Edinburgh and Lothians Meeting of Older People’s Groups and Organisations, Edinburgh, UK, 6th November.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2018). Supporting people with cognitive impairment. Pitch presentation at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics Workshop on Socially Assistive Robots and Technology for Healthy Ageing, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 16th October.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). Lifestyle and the ageing brain. Pitch presentation at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics Workshop on Socially Assistive Robots and Technology for Healthy Ageing, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 16th October.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). Lifestyle factors and cognitive ageing: From observation to intervention. Research seminar at the Chaucer Club, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, UK, 11th October.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). Staying Sharp. Presentation as part of Doors Open Day, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 29th September.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). Brain Training on Trial. Presentation at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of Skeptics on the Fringe, Edinburgh Skeptics Society, Edinburgh, UK, 20th August.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). What Keeps You Sharp? Show at Go Live! at the Green as part of the Festival 2018, Glasgow European Championships, Glasgow, UK, 9th August.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). What Keeps You Sharp? Show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of Edinburgh Beltane’s Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, Edinburgh, UK, 7th & 16th August.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). What Keeps You Sharp? Presentation as part of Brainworks Day (part of the Engaging Libraries project, funded by the Carnegie Trust and the Wellcome Trust), Milngavie, UK, 27th July.
  • Marr, C. & Gow, A. J. (2018). Does personality moderate the efficacy of cognitive ageing interventions? A systematic review. Poster presentation at the Interventions in Cognitive Ageing seminar, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 29th June.
  • Niechcial, M., Vaportzis, E. & Gow, A. J. (2018). What Keeps You Sharp? People’s views about preserving thinking skills in old age. Poster presentation at the Interventions in Cognitive Ageing seminar, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 29th June.
  • Gow, A. J. & Vaportzis, E. (2018). What Keeps You Sharp? A UK-wide survey of beliefs about, and knowledge of, cognitive ageing. Poster presentation at the Interventions in Cognitive Ageing seminar, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 29th June.
  • Vaportzis, E., Martin, M. & Gow, A. J. (2018). A Tablet for Healthy Ageing: The effect of a tablet computer training intervention on cognitive abilities of older adults. Poster presentation at the Interventions in Cognitive Ageing seminar, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 29th June.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). The Intervention Factory. Presentation at the Interventions in Cognitive Ageing seminar, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 29th June.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). Cognitive ageing: From public attitudes to real-world interventions. Pitch presentation at Motivation and Healthy Ageing Workshop, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 25th-27th June.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). What Keeps You Sharp? Show at Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, City of Glasgow College, UK, 21st June.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). Healthy ageing – protecting your brain. Presentation as part of the Spotlight on Science series at Exploration Day, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 19th May.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). Staying Sharp. Presentation as part of “Ageing: From cells to Cognition” at the Pint of Science Festival, Edinburgh, UK, 14th May.
  • Gow, A. J. & Vaportzis, E. (2018). What Keeps You Sharp? A UK-wide survey of beliefs about, and knowledge of, cognitive ageing. Poster presentation at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta (Georgia), USA, 3rd-6th May.
  • Gow, A. J. & Deary, I. J. (2018). Life course activity participation and cognitive ageing: The Lothian Birth Cohort 1936. Poster presentation at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta (Georgia), USA, 3rd-6th May.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). What Keeps You Sharp? Presentation as part of Brainworks Day (part of the Engaging Libraries project, funded by the Carnegie Trust and the Wellcome Trust), Kirkintilloch, UK, 28th April.
  • Gow, A. J. & Vaportzis, E. (2018). What Keeps You Sharp? A UK-wide survey of beliefs about, and knowledge of, cognitive ageing. Poster presentation at Cognitive Reserve - An interdisciplinary workshop, Geneva, Switzerland, 19th April.
  • Gow, A. J. (2018). Ageing intervention research at HWU. Roundtable presentation to Age Scotland, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 27th March.
  • Marr, C. (2018). Does personality moderate the effectiveness of cognitive ageing interventions? Research seminar at the Department of Psychology, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 17th January.
  • Gow, A. J. (2017). Cognitive ageing: From observation to real-world interventions. Presentation at Neuroscience and Public Policy meeting, Edinburgh, UK, 7th December.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2017). Attracting and engaging older people at visitor attractions. Research seminar at the Department of Psychology, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 25th October.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2017). Ageing intervention research at Heriot-Watt University. Presentation at EU-Latin American Countries (LAC) Early Career Researchers Integration Meeting, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 20th October.
  • Gow, A. J. (2017). What Keeps You Sharp? Presentation at ROAR – Connections for Life AGM, Linwood, UK, 5th October.
  • Gow, A. J. & Vaportzis, E. (2017). What Keeps You Sharp? A national survey of beliefs about, and knowledge of, cognitive ageing. Poster presentation at the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE) Annual Research Day, Edinburgh, UK, 5th September.
  • Gow, A. J. (2017). What Keeps You Sharp? Show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of Edinburgh Beltane’s Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, Edinburgh, UK, 15th & 19th August.
  • Gow, A. J. (2017). What Keeps You Sharp? The Holywood Trust and Royal Society of Edinburgh Public Talk, Castle Douglas, UK, 4th July.
  • Gow, A. J. Cognitive ageing: From public attitudes to real-world interventions. Presentation at the ESRC Seminar on Cognitive Ageing: An Age UK seminar hosted by The University of York, York, UK, 29th-30th June.
  • Gow, A. J. (2017). The Intervention Factory. Presentation at the Interventions in Cognitive Ageing seminar, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 21st June.
  • Gow, A. J. (2017). The Ageing Lab - Can taking up new activities improve the health and wellbeing of older adults? Workshop at Stay Sharp in Older Age hosted by the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE) in association with Leith Labs (part of The MRC Festival of Medical Research), Edinburgh, UK, 17th June.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2017). Lifestyle and thinking skills. Workshop at ROAR - Connections For Life Men's Group, Paisley, UK, 19th May.
  • Gow, A. J. (2017). Lifestyle and the ageing brain. Presentation at the Interface “Tourism Innovations for an Ageing Population” meeting, Napier University, Edinburgh, UK, 9th May.
  • Vaportzis, E. & Gow, A. J. (2017). What Keeps You Sharp? Surveying older adults’ beliefs about, and knowledge of, cognitive ageing. Presentation at the Conference on Aging and Cognition, Zurich, Switzerland, 20th-22nd April.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2017). The Intervention Factory: Advancing community-based activities as interventions for cognitive ageing. Presentation at the NRS Ageing Specialty Group meeting, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK, 30th March.
  • Gow, A. J. (2017). What Keeps You Sharp? Workshop at Age Scotland National Conference, Perth, UK, 29th March.
  • Gow, A. J. (2017). The Intervention Factory: exploring real-world activities as potential interventions for cognitive ageing. Research seminar at the Department of Psychology, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 20th March.
  • Gow, A. J. (2017). Staying sharp: Lifestyle factors and cognitive ageing. Presentation at Age UK For Later Life Conference, London, UK, 8th February.
  • Gow, A. J. (2017). What Keeps You Sharp? Presentation to the Cross-Party Group: Older People, Age and Ageing, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, UK, 25th January.
  • Gow, A. J. (2016). The Great British Brain Off. Presentation at Living Well in Later Life Conference, Hamilton, UK, 2nd December.
  • Gow, A. J. & Deary, I. J. (2016). Activity and personality as potentially cognitively protective factors: The Lothian Birth Cohort 1936. Presentation in the symposium Is Personality Related to Cognition in Late Life? Evidence Across Different Subgroups and Time Scales (Organiser – C. Rocke and E. Graham) at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans (Louisiana), USA, 16th-20th November.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2016). Participant in "I'm a scientist, get me out of here", UK, 7th-18th November.
  • Gow, A. J. (2016). Lifestyle and the ageing brain: From observation to intervention. Research seminar at the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK, 2nd November.
  • Gow, A. J. (2016). Public engagement. Workshop at the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK, 2nd November.
  • Gow, A. J. (2016). Physical activity and the ageing brain. Presentation at Age UK Conference, London, UK, 19th October.
  • Gow, A. J. (2016). Cognitive ageing and novel engagement. Presentation at Health 2.0 Spotlight: Healthy Ageing and Anti-Ageing, Edinburgh, UK, 15th September.
  • Gow, A. J. (2016). The Great British Brain Off. Show as part of the British Science Festival, Swansea, UK, 8th September.
  • Vaportzis, E., Martin, M. & Gow, A. J. (2016). A Tablet for Healthy Ageing: The effect of a tablet computer training intervention on cognitive abilities in older adults. Poster presentation at the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE) Annual Research Day, Edinburgh, UK, 6th September.
  • Gow, A. J., Dewar, M. & Parra Rodriguez (2016). Memory, ageing and the brain. Demonstration at the Principal’s 50th Anniversary Garden Party, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 4th June.
  • Gow, A. J. (2016). Cognitive ageing. Presentation at the MRC LLHW-funded network: Generating and using "big data" to identify hearing aid patterns of usage in order to optimise and personalise fitting, Manchester, UK, 9th-10th May.
  • Gow, A. J. (2016). The Great British Brain Off. Show as part of Irvine Bay’s Talk Science programme, jointly hosted by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Irvine, UK, 21st April.
  • Gow, A. J., Vaportzis, E. & Martin, M. (2016). A Tablet for Healthy Ageing: The effect of a tablet computer training intervention on cognitive abilities in older adults. Poster presentation at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 14th-17th April.
  • Vaportzis, E., Martin, M. & Gow, A. J. (2016). A Tablet for Healthy Ageing: The effect of a tablet computer training intervention on cognitive abilities in older adults. Poster presentation at Neuroscience Day, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 30th March.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2016). Can technology help us age better? Presentation at British Council Researcher Links workshop ‘Ageing and Health – How to get there?’, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 14th-16th March.
  • Vaportzis, E., Martin, M. & Gow, A. J. (2016). A Tablet for Healthy Ageing: The effect of a tablet computer training intervention on cognitive abilities in older adults. Poster presentation at British Council Researcher Links workshop ‘Ageing and Health – How to get there?’, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 14th-16th March.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2016). Can technology help us age better? University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, 22nd February.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2016). The effect of a tablet computer training intervention on cognitive abilities in older adults. Research seminar at the School of Life Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 17th February.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2015). Beyond brain training: Can technology help us age better? Presentation at Skeptics in the Pub, Edinburgh Skeptics Society, Edinburgh, UK, 17th December.
  • Vaportzis, E. & Gow, A. J. (2015). A Tablet for Healthy Ageing: Can technology help us age better? Research seminar at the Department of Psychology, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, 8th October.
  • Vaportzis, E., Martin, M. & Gow, A. J. (2015). A Tablet for Healthy Ageing? Testing the acceptability and usability of tablet computers to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults. Poster presentation at the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE) Annual Research Day, Edinburgh, UK, 1st September.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2015). Speaker at Brightest Watts 2015, Edinburgh, UK, 27th-28th July.
  • Gow, A. J. (2015). Lifestyle factors and the ageing brain. Presentation at the International Forum seminar, Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 2nd June.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2015). Speaker at Soapbox Science 2015, Glasgow, UK, 7th June.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2015). Tablet for Healthy Ageing. Demonstration stand at Live Well in Later Life, Edinburgh, 16th April.
  • Vaportzis, E. (2015). Tablet for Healthy Ageing. Demonstration stand at Spring Fling 15! Showcasing opportunities for older people, Edinburgh, 11th April.