Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

About LiLACS

People in advanced age are the fastest growing population group in New Zealand, projected to grow from 1% to 8% of the population by 2050.

LiLACS NZ longitudinal study was started in 2010 by the School of Population Health at the Univeristy of Auckland. It is a world leading research programme that aims to determine the predictors of successful advanced ageing and understand the trajectories of health and wellbeing in advanced age.

The goals of the research are to help people to plan better for their own health and wellbeing in later life, to allow elderly New Zealanders to share their wisdom with future generations, and to inform the development of local and national policies to benefit older people.

The LiLACS NZ team consists of Māori and non-Māori investigators based at the University of Auckland as well as community partners in Tauranga, Rotorua, Whakatāne, Opotiki and Te Kaha.

Our aims

  • To establish the health status of people in advanced age
  • To establish predictors of successful advanced ageing for older Māori and non-Māori
  • To describe trajectories in function and transitions in care for those in advanced age
  • To establish the relative importance of health, frailty, cultural, social & economic factors (and others) in predicting relevant outcomes.