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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Evidence gathering

What does it mean to 'live well' in older age?

We are inviting those with an interest in ageing, research, science, and technology to send us their creative contributions.

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.

We have set out three scenarios which offer some issues that you might like to consider when sending your contributions, but you shouldn't feel constrained by them. You might prefer to highlight other aspects or issues around ‘living well in older age’ because of your opinions or experiences. We are open and welcome all of your thoughts and ideas.

For further information, please contact Kate Harvey. Please send us your contributions by the end of 2021.

Who do we want to hear from?

We'd love to hear from you – whether you’re:

  • an interested member of the public of any age;
  • someone working with older people, for example in the health or care sectors
  • an academic researching these issues;
  • any kind of policymaker (e.g., in any branch of government, in the voluntary sector, in industry); or
  • interested in these issues for any other reason.

While our primary focus is on the UK, we are keen to learn from the experiences of other countries.

What kind of research and innovation?

There are developments in many fields of research that might affect the lives of older people, both now and in the future. These include:

  • developments in biomedical research, aiming to intervene in the ageing process by identifying and treating the underlying causes of biological ageing;
  • developments in assistive and communications technologies to help people to stay independent for longer and/or to provide reassurance and support for families and other carers;
  • developments in medical technologies, including the use of artificial intelligence (AI), to support earlier diagnosis and treatment of diseases that commonly occur in older age.

Call for evidence and survey for practitioners that work with older people

We ran a call for evidence and survey for practitioners that work with older people from 8 June - 2 August 2021. If you would still like to contribute a response to the questions we raise in either of these, please contact Kate Harvey.