The future of ageing

Current Project

Current in-depth inquiry

Our latest inquiry will explore ethical questions in relation to the role of science and technology in helping people live well in old age.
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What does it mean to ‘live well’ in older age?

This question has been at the heart of our project on the future of ageing since we began our deliberations in December 2020. There is an increasing interest in the role that biomedical research and technological innovation can play in helping people live well in old age, and in helping society respond appropriately to the age shift in population. Such research and innovation are very wide-ranging, and include developments in assistive technologies, communication technologies, and geroscience research. These developments offer scope for important future benefits, both for individuals and for wider society, however they also raise significant ethical questions. Our working group has been exploring these questions.

So far, we have run an expert consultation, organised engagement workshops, and gathered input from practitioners who work in health, research, and social care contexts – particularly those who work with older people. We will soon be launching a deliberative public dialogue to inform our project (watch this space!).

We'd also like to hear from you!

We would like to read, see, watch, or listen to what you think it means to live well in older age. You might draw something, take a photograph or video, or write a story or poem about how you feel. For further information, please contact Molly Gray.

Project team

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Katharine Wright

Assistant Director

Katharine is part of the senior management team. She is responsible for leading Council projects and inquiries and speaking on behalf the Council on a range of ethical issues. Before joining the Council in 2007, she worked on health law and ethics in the NHS, Department of Health and House of Commons.

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Molly Gray

Research Officer

Molly undertakes research to support the Council’s work. She is currently working on our in-depth inquiry into the future of ageing. Prior to joining the Council, Molly worked in both NHS clinical research and as a Research Coordinator in the field of breast cancer at Imperial College London, specialising in engagement projects. She has a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Reproductive Science and Women's Health.