Geeske Peeters' research interests are in the area of optimising physical and cognitive functioning across the adult life span, to prevent dementia, falls and frailty. Using data from population-based cohort studies, such as the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), she examines determinants and consequences of functional decline, dementia and falls to inform preventive strategies. Promotion of healthy lifestyles throughout life is important to maximize current function and delay future decline. Peeters will use her GBHI fellowship time to examine the interrelationship between falls, fear of falling and cognitive decline and to identify midlife risk factors of falls and cognitive decline.
Bio: Geeske Peeters defended her doctoral thesis titled “Prevention of falling in older persons with a high risk of recurrent falling” at the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research of the Vrije University Medical Center, Amsterdam. After her postdoctoral training at the University of Queensland in Australia, Peeters became a senior research fellow at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.