Healthy life expectancy is not yet keeping pace with increasing longevity.
Chronic disease is building in the population. Many people spend long periods of time towards the end of their life living with disease and disability, unable to look after themselves.
The cost of this, financially and in terms of quality of life is no longer acceptable. Drastic change is needed to reduce the impact.
We can in part address this through cheaper or more effective treatments or through better care. This won't be enough to prevent unsustainable growth in health and care costs as the older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.
This approach will not address the waste of human capital resulting from chronic conditions, nor the inequality with which these conditions impact different sectors of society.
We must address the causes of these diseases, to reduce their prevalence through prevention and their impact by early diagnosis and intervention. This is rooted in understanding of how our behaviour and experience throughout our lives impacts our ageing trajectory.
Much of our ageing research in this area falls into the caregories of: