The future of ageing

Current Project

Current in-depth inquiry

This inquiry is exploring 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 sits at the heart of our project on the future of ageing.

There is growing interest around how biomedical research and technological innovation can support people to live well in old age, and help society respond appropriately to an increasingly ageing population.

Developments in these areas are vast, and include both assistive and communications technologies, and geroscience research. These advancements offer scope for important future benefits for individuals and for wider society; however, they also raise significant ethical questions. Our working group has been exploring these questions.

We are delighted to share the findings and outcomes of the conversations that took place at our engagement workshops and our public dialogue, in the run up to the launch of our official report in early 2023:

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Public dialogue

We commissioned a deliberative public dialogue to help us to ensure that we are advocating policy changes that are ethical, rational, informed and inclusive of public views and values.

FIND OUT WHAT WE HEARD

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Online workshop with members of the Bristol Older People’s Forum

We joined with members of the Bristol Older People’s Forum for a creative online drawing workshop, which focused on how science and technology and support people to have a good, or bad, older age.

Following the workshop, using key themes raised by Forum members' drawings, a summary cartoon 'Alice in Tech-Land' was created.

BRISTOL OLDER PEOPLE’S FORUM

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Open forum with the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network

This engaging online event included special poetry and music performances to encourage discussions on issues such as what the future of ‘living well’ in older age might ‘look like’.

A broadcast bringing together the participants' discussions was aired on Sonder Radio.

GREATER MANCHESTER OLDER PEOPLE’S NETWORK & SONDER RADIO

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Workshop with West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre

This workshop, invited older members of the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre to share their opinions on health and wellbeing technologies.

Following the focus group, we shared a blog highlighting the key themes from the discussions that took place.

WEST BROMWICH AFRICAN CARIBBEAN RESOURCE CENTRE

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Intergenerational roundtable event in Exeter

The intergenerational roundtable event involved a diverse, intergenerational group of 41 participants between the ages of 16 and 70 years.

The event was split into two key discussions on the roles of both technology, and biomedicine (geroscience), in healthy ageing.

INTERGENERATIONAL ROUNDTABLE EVENT IN EXETER

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Workshop with Greater Manchester Growing Older with Learning Disabilities

Older adults with learning disabilities took part in this workshop exploring how health and wellbeing technologies can support people in later life, and values in older age.

Following the workshop, we shared a blog highlighting 'dream machines' that people created based on the discussions.

GREATER MANCHESTER GROWING OLDER WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES


Project team

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Molly Gray

Researcher

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.

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