About the Newcastle Initiative on Changing Age

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Changing Age team

The Newcastle Initiative on Changing Age is our response to the societal challenge of Ageing, seeking new ways to make the most of the extensive opportunities associated with increasing human longevity, while at the same time solving some of the problems.

Our Vision and Mission

The Changing Age vision is that we will continually develop our status an international leader in ageing; increasing independence, choice and quality of life for people as they age.

To facilitate this, our mission is to promote research and learning excellence in ageing across the University, through improved engagement with the civic environment and as an exemplar of social and economic impact.


Changing Age, Changing Minds is a book about ageing, produced by Valerie Laws after working with scientists as Writer in Residence at the Institute for Ageing and Health. The work challenges stereotypes, mixing controversy with reminiscence, older voices with younger views, prose with poetry, tragedy with humour. Elders are doing it for themselves, skyping, emailing, creating, studying, dating, still having sex, and still having fun.

The book is available to buy at the University Webstore for £9.99 (free P&P)


Apocolypse Lab, a game app developed with BBSRC funding, teaches players about the challenges facing an ageing population. The app was developed in collaboration between NICA and researchers from the IAH and is available to download now from the Apple App Store