Our Research

Examples of ARCHAs Research

Our research helps to understand, predict and prevent age-related degeneration using knowledge and expertise from researchers across the university to make older age better for everyone. Some examples of previous and ongoing studies at ARCHA are provided below.

Bereaved by Dementia Project

 This three year (2016-2019) partnership between Cruse Cymru and Alzheimer's Cymru is funded by the Welsh Government Sustainable Social Services Third Sector Grant.   The project was designed to address the bereavement needs of people with dementia whose loved one has died, and people bereaved by someone with dementia.    The project has now gone into a fourth year after receiving additional funding.  Core outcomes include (a) 131 new cruse bereavement volunteers recruited, (b) Bereaved by Dementia one-day training was designed and delivered to Cruse Bereavement Volunteers (n= 241) and professionals from public and private sectors (n=163), (c) 'Bereavement, loss and dementia' resource booklet (free electronic version available on the Cruse website), (d) person-centred bereavement support to 228 clients who were bereaved by dementia. 

Resident Bereavement Supporter Project

This five year (2017-2021) partnership between Cruse Bereavement Care and the ExtraCare Charitable trust was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund (formerly Big Lottery Fund).   The model of the project broadly speaking has three tiers (1) awareness about loss, grief, and bereavement - what grief might look and feel like and what implications there are for older people's health and wellbeing as well as social isolation, loneliness etc.  

Rail Accessibility Improvement using a Simulated Environment (RAISE)

RAISE is a feasibility study into how rail travel can be made more accessible to people with less visible impairments (LVIs) using Virtual Reality (VR). The RAISE Project addresses the need for greater support for rail passengers with LVIs, and aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with LVIs and increase the social inclusivity provision of train operating companies. More details can be found here.


The multi-million euro EU funded MESO-BRAIN project aims to develop functional, three dimensional human stem cell-derived neural networks of defined and reproducible architecture, based on a brain cortical module that displays in vivo connectivity and activity. The project concept is to advance neuroscience research and pharmaceutical drug discovery to treat agrelated conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, dementia. For more details pease cisit the study website here


FRAIL CLINIC is a two-phase study which examines the prevalence of frailty in several clinical areas within a hospital using standard frailty questionnaires.More details of this project can be found here.

ExtraCare Project

The ExtraCare Project investigated whether the ExtraCare approach give positive outcomes for healthy ageing which result in measurable care cost savings? Details of the findings and the final report can be found here.


FRAILTOOLS is a European Union-funded project that can be summarised as a comprehensive validation of tools to screen and diagnose frailty in different clinical and social settings with the objective to provide assessment instruments for integrated care in older adults. More details can be found here