Institute for Ageing

Global Challenge of Ageing

The Global Challenge of Ageing

To fully realise the potential offered by increased longevity, we need to do more than merely avoid or treat the health issues associated with ageing.

Globally, ageing is changing the shape of society, increasing its average age, and distorting its shape through the disproportional population growth amongst the oldest segments of society. 

This fundamental change invalidates many of the assumptions in which our social and cultural institutions are rooted.  To address this, we must reconsider the way in which we distribute resources and responsibilities in all aspects of life. We must also think carefully about the average levels of physical and mental capability we assume to exist and on which we base our environment.

To contribute to thinking and to delivery of change in response to this challenge, our research addresses:  

Enabling environments and technologies

Economic and Social impact of ageing