Purpose: Working with older people to live well

The AUT Centre for Active Ageing (ACAA) is committed to working with older people to live well, regardless of people’s capacities or places of residence. We are focused on enabling diverse, inclusive communities, participation in community and social life, liveable spaces and places, and negotiating health issues.

Working with older people to live well means the team of ACAA researchers will engage with older people to define the research priorities, co-design projects that matter, represent their voices in research, and translate results into community benefits wherever possible.

The ACAA research team includes University researchers from diverse health, sports, and social science disciplines, postgraduate student researchers, as well as research affiliates from other Universities, and community members as community affiliates.

Historically, the ACAA had its inception in 1999 as the Active Ageing Research Cluster, within the Person Centred Research Centre at AUT. From small beginnings, it was established as a Research Group in April 2015 with Valerie Wright-St Clair and Stephen Neville as Co-directors. The AUT Centre for Active Ageing was launched on 29 September 2016 as partial recognition of the World Health Organization’s International Day of Older Persons 2016.