Institute of Health & Society

Ageing and older people

Ageing and older people

Overview

The Institute of Health & Society is home to a large team of academics, researchers, students, and clinicians who conduct applied health research relating to ageing and older people.

Prof Barbara Hanratty (primary lead)
Dr Rachel Duncan
Prof Thomas Scharf

With a wide-ranging portfolio, our work aims to enhance individual and population health and wellbeing in later life, promote understanding of contemporary experiences of ageing, and improve the quality of care provided for older people.

Members of the research team are drawn from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds and have expertise in a variety of research methods. Our research is funded by the UK research councils, the National Institute for Health Research, the European Union, government departments, and a range of charities such as the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

We play a leading role in the NIHR School for Primary Care Research and the NIHR School for Public Health Research. We also work closely with Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, the NIHR Innovation Observatory, and the team at the National Innovation Centre for Ageing.

Our approach to ageing research is holistic. The influence of social circumstances on health and wellbeing, the role of material disadvantage, and experiences over the lifecourse are all of central importance to our work.

Our research considers a broad range of topics including:

  • factors that influence health across the life course, with a focus on promoting independence, enhancing function and reducing disability
  • variations in healthy life expectancy and disability-free life expectancy
  • how new knowledge, technologies and interventions can improve individuals’ wellbeing, participation and quality of life as they age
  • understanding the experience of health, impairment and disability across the life course, with a particular focus on frailty, multi-morbidity, and cognitive impairment in later life
  • the health and social circumstances of the oldest old
  • how inequalities shape the experience of later life and the potential for policies and programmes to reduce inequalities
  • social wellbeing, relationships and health in later life
  • long-term care and the interface between health and social care
  • end of life care
  • care for people and families living with dementia
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Projects

Our research considers a broad range of topics. Here is a selection of them.

Primary care and ageing

Factors that influence health across the life course, with a focus on promoting independence, enhancing function and reducing disability

Variations in healthy life expectancy and disability-free life expectancy

  • CFAS: Cognitive Function in Ageing Study (Prof Fiona Matthews)
  • Making the extra years count: the contribution of disease, multimorbidity and socio-economic differentials to trends in disability-free life expectancy (Prof Carol Jagger, Dr Andrew Kingston, Prof Fiona Matthews, Prof Louise Robinson, Dr Lynne Corner)

How new knowledge, technologies and interventions can improve individuals’ wellbeing, participation and quality of life as they age

Understanding the experience of health, impairment and disability across the life course, with a particular focus on frailty, multi-morbidity, and cognitive impairment in later life

  • Making the extra years count: the contribution of disease, multimorbidity and socio-economic differentials to trends in disability-free life expectancy (Prof Carol Jagger, Dr Andrew Kingston, Prof Fiona Matthews, Prof Louise Robinson, Dr Lynne Corner)

The health and social circumstances of the oldest old

  • Newcastle 85+ study (Rachel Duncan, Louise Robinson, Barbara Hanratty, Andrew Kingston, Carol Jagger, Stuart Parker)

How inequalities shape the experience of later life and the potential for policies and programmes to reduce inequalities

Social wellbeing, relationships and health in later life

Long-term care and the interface between health and social care

End of life care

Care for people and families living with dementia

Engage

The staff in the Ageing and Older People theme have spent many years working with patients, carers, families, and medical professionals to develop and share their research.

Local

While Newcastle University hosts the National Innovation Centre for Ageing, much of the research brings expertise into the local communities of North East, into which our researchers are integrated.

Global

People

Dr Clare Abley
Nurse Consultant Vulnerable Older Adults & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 191 208 3802

Professor Joy Adamson
Prof of Applied Health Research & Ageing

Claire Bamford
Senior Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7047

Dr Robert Barker
Clinical GP Research Fellow

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Dr Greta Brunskill
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 7963

Dr Helen Close
Senior Research Methodologist & Hub Lead

Dr Rachel Duncan
Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2085668

Dr Anna Goulding
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 5399

Professor Barbara Hanratty
Prof of Primary Care & Public Health

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1121

Helen Hunter
Clinical GP Research Fellow

Professor Carol Jagger
AXA Prof of Epidemiology of Ageing

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1117

Helen Hunter
Clinical GP Research Fellow

Dr Andrew Kingston
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: +44(0)191 20 82081

Dr Jennifer Liddle
Senior Research Associate

Professor Fiona Matthews
Professor of Epidemiology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1120

Emma McLellan
Research Assistant

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Dr Nuno Mendonca
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: (+44) 191 20 81124

Dr Suzanne Moffatt
Reader in Social Gerontology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5005

Dr Natasha Newell
Health Research Methodologist

Dr Lisa Newton
Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Helen Parker
Health Research Methodologist

Dr Marie Poole
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7215

Professor Louise Robinson
Director, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and Professor of Primary Care and Ageing; Regius Professor of Ageing

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7013

Professor Thomas Scharf
Prof of Social Gerontology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5329

Dr Blossom Stephan
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3811

Dr Rachel Stocker
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2057

Daniel Stow
Research assistant

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1202

Dr Eugene Tang
NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow

Rose Watson
Research Associate

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Dr Alison Wheatley
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5147

Dr Heather Yemm
Research Associate (DePEC)

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 2105