Healthy Ageing

The healthy ageing programme includes research on physical, mental and social wellbeing, healthy work and retirement, and effective health and social care.  In the programme we will develop, evaluate and translate public health interventions (any type of treatment, preventive care, or test that a person could take or undergo e.g. welfare rights advice) to maintain and improve health, and reduce health inequalities - the differences in health which persist across society - in later life.

Average life expectancy has increased dramatically over the last three decades.  Present challenges include extending healthy life expectancy and reducing the social, economic and health burden which comes with people living longer.  Achieving good quality of life in later years requires primary prevention (to protect healthy people from developing a disease) and secondary prevention (to halt or slow the progress of disease (if possible) in its earliest stages).  We will focus on both health related behaviours (actions taken by a person to maintain, attain, or regain good health and to prevent illness) including their use of health care, and social interventions (e.g. ‘The Silver Line’ helpline for older people) to promote wellbeing, in particular among socially and economically disadvantaged groups.

The research involves collaborations with the Institute for Ageing & Health (IAH) at Newcastle University (e.g. the MRC funded 85+ study), NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) and other national and international collaborators. There are strong links with other Fuse programmes, in particular those focused on behaviour change and inequalities.

The programme objectives are to:

  • Promote healthy ageing in retirement, including interventions to promote exercise, healthy diet, safe drinking, and socialising 
  • Investigate the implications of people working longer and develop, evaluate and translate appropriate workplace interventions to maintain and improve health
  • Evaluate the role of social and welfare interventions in later life for disadvantaged population groups 
  • Evaluate the roles of formal and informal care in promoting health among older adults and develop interventions to maximise health gain and minimise health inequalities

Programme Investigators

  • Dr Katie Brittain - Programme Lead, Nothumbria University
  • Dr Sheena Ramsay - Deputy Programme Lead, Newcastle University
  • Dr Suzanne Moffatt - Principal Investigator, Newcastle University
  • Mrs Roxanne Armstrong-Moore, Research Programme PhD student, University of Sunderland
  • Professor Clare Bambra - Principal Investigator, Newcastle University
  • Professor Alan Batterham - Principal Investigator, Teesside University
  • Professor Susan Carr - Principal Investigator, Northumbria University
  • Dr Katie Haighton - Principal Investigator, Northumbria University
  • Professor Eileen Kaner - Principal Investigator, Newcastle University
  • Dr Jonathan Ling - Principal Investigator, University of Sunderland
  • Mrs Karen McCabe - Principal Investigator, University of Sunderland
  • Professor Falko Sniehotta - Principal Investigator, Newcastle University
  • Dr Linda Penn, Research Associate, Newcastle University