Living better, for longer
Ageing as a societal challenge theme
Ageing is one of Newcastle University's three Societal Challenge Themes. It is an extension of more than 20 years of ageing research in the city, which has positioned us amongst a handful of global leaders in the field. Under the umbrella of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, we have a significant number of academics, clinicians and researchers working on all aspects of ageing; from medical, biological and cellular, to psychosocial, economic and environmental. The Institute for Ageing is led by Director, Professor Louise Robinson.
Why we study ageing
The continued growth of average life expectancy is a triumph and medical advances have been significant in prolonging the lives of older people. It has delivered huge benefit and promises of future opportunity. Yet, such a change in our demographic, presents us with a global challenge on the scale of global warming or sustainability.
Health systems that are designed to preserve and prolong life in the face of acute disease must change to deal primarily with chronic conditions. Social care must adapt to help us all to retain capability and independence for as long as possible rather than supporting only those incapacitated by age.
But this challenge goes far beyond health and care. It includes education; employment; where we live; how we provide, market and use products and services; how we take care of ourselves physically and mentally; food and nutrition; financial management and how we provide care for those who cannot care for themselves.
All of these must be continually examined and understood, if we are to Live Better for Longer.
Vision and Mission
- To be a global leader in ageing research and innovation
- To translate internationally renowned research into the biological, medical and psychosocial determinants of healthy ageing across the life course into interventions that extend healthy lifespan and support active ageing
Living longer is now inevitable: global life expectancy is continuing to increase at the rate of more than two years per decade. As a result, the new ageing challenge for the 21st century is: how do we ensure our extra years are spent in optimum health for as long as possible? The Newcastle University Institute for Ageing Strategy - NUIA Strategy 2016-2021 (pdf 320kb) outlines activities and strategic targets for the next five years.