July 2020

Effects of Covid 19 lockdown on mental health & well-being to be assessed

The Silver Santé Study’s Age Well clinical trial volunteers are helping our expert researchers learn more about the impact of the Covid 19 lockdown on their mental health and well-being.

The volunteers – all aged 65+ and living in Caen, France – completed a questionnaire at the beginning of the lockdown and another one at the end to help our researchers study the effects of being housebound and isolated from friends, family, and colleagues and its impact on mental health.

Dr Gaël Chételat, Project Coordinator, said: “As the Silver Santé Study is already focused on safeguarding good mental health and well-being in later life, our researchers are ideally placed to explore the effects of the lockdown.”

“Although it presents huge challenges for us all, the lockdown does, however, provide us with an opportunity to learn more about the effects of being isolated from friends, family and colleagues and its impact on our mental health and well-being in later life.

“It will also be very interesting to see whether there is any difference between the group that practiced meditation, the group that learned a new language and the group that made no lifestyle change.

“We hope to have results of this study as soon as possible so that the findings can inform policy and support relating to the current and future lockdowns.”

For advice and links to help older adults safeguard their mental health and well-being during the lockdown see our advice page at

The effects of Covid 19 lockdown isolation are being assessed by Silver Santé researchers.

Delays due to Covid 19 restrictions

Data analysis and planned follow-up testing of volunteers taking part in our Age Well clinical trial have been postponed due to the health and safety restrictions put in place to combat the Covid 19 pandemic.

The restrictions have prevented our researchers from gaining access to data for analysis which will, inevitably, create a delay in the release of the project’s results. Additional follow-up tests, at 21 months after the interventions, have also been delayed and it is hoped that the Wave 1 round will take place in October, restrictions permitting.

Project Coordinator, Dr Gaël Chételat, said: “Naturally, we would rather not experience delays, but the health and well-being of our volunteers and of our researchers is our top priority so the testing will only resume once it is safe to do so.

“We are enormously grateful to our volunteers for devoting their time, energy and commitment to helping us discover more about how we can safeguard mental health in later life.”

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The follow-up tests, which include neuroimaging scans, will be delayed due to Covid 19 restrictions.

Project experts prepare to present at the world’s largest Alzheimer’s conference

Silver Santé Study experts from several institutions and countries are preparing to present their work at this year’s prestigious Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC).

The conference, which will take place this year online, is the largest and most influential international meeting dedicated to advancing dementia science. Each year, AAIC convenes the world’s leading basic science and clinical researchers, next-generation investigators, clinicians and the care research community to share research discoveries that will lead to methods of prevention and treatment and improvements in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Silver Santé Study researchers, including those from the University of Caen, Inserm, and Hospices Civils De Lyon  in France, UCL in the UK, DZNE in Germany,  the University of Geneva in Switzerland and the University of  Liége in Belgium will be participating.

Project Coordinator, Dr Gaël Chételat, who will be among those attending the conference, says: “As the world’s leading Alzheimer’s conference, the AAIC provides an invaluable opportunity for us to share our findings with the international scientific community.

“We look forward to doing so and to hearing from other scientists about their most recent findings in this important field of research.”

The AAIC conference will take place online between the 27th and 31st July. For further info visit  


April 2020

Tips for maintaining good mental health and well-being during the lockdown

March 2020

New study identifies brain changes which explain why sleep apnea increases risk for developing Alzheimer’s

Project researchers to present results at prestigious Alzheimer’s conference

Funds sought to add 21-month follow-up to Age Well trial

December 2019

Final Age Well trial intervention now complete

Silver Santé Study and Lifebrain projects share expertise

Public and professionals gather for Berlin brain health conference

October 2019

Join us for the Brain health across the lifespan public conference – last few tickets remaining

Silver Santé Study leads the way in student communication

Project research presented to European medical students

July 2019

French Ministry of Health invites project to meeting on mindfulness meditation

June 2019

Silver Santé expert and volunteers give evidence at UK Houses of Parliament

March 2019

Follow-up tests added to Age-Well

Scientific papers added to website

February 2019

Join us at the ‘Brain health across the lifespan’ public conference

January 2019

Interested in joining the Silver Santé team?

December 2018

Age Well language volunteers go on field trip to Jersey

SCD Well clinical trial team prepares to analyse data

October 2018

Project partners get a taste of meditation intervention techniques

SCD Well results due in 2019

July 2018

‘Magical’ Silver Santé workshop attracts great interest at high-profile international science forum

June 2018

Silver Santé to host session at Europe’s biggest interdisciplinary science event 

Major French TV documentary features Silver Santé research

March 2018

Silver Santé Study features on French national TV programme

New video showcases Silver Santé Study work and team

Clinical trials on course for success

December 2017

Partners gather for annual consortium meeting in Barcelona 

October 2017

Pilot study shows meditation may help cut Alzheimer’s risk 

Play a vital role in improving mental health, urge Silver Santé team

Memory clinic patients recruited for next phase of four-centre clinical trial

June 2017

Volunteers help attract new recruits for Caen clinical trial

Trial investigating benefits of mental training techniques on memory clinic patients well underway

March 2017

Four centre clinical trial launched to investigate benefits of mental training techniques on memory clinic patients

Silver Sante Study nominated for SilverEco 2017 Award

Trial groups announced to Caen volunteers

December 2016

Hundreds volunteer to take part in Age-Well Study

Silver Santé Study partners gather for General Assembly in Bonn

Memory clinic patient trials due to begin in March 2017

September 2016

Silver Santé researchers meet with Dalai Lama

Volunteers in Caen, France, invited to local meetings

Preparations for further trials on course

June 2016

Huge turnout for 1st Public Conference

Meet our ambassadors

May 2016

Launch event

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