Improvements in public health, education and medicine mean that we are living much longer. By 2035, people aged over 65 living in the UK are expected to exceed 17 million. That will be almost one in four people.
As we age, can we still maintain good health and keep our independence? This is the aim of the Government’s ‘Ageing Society’ Grand Challenge.
One approach to achieving this goal is to encourage us to adopt healthier lifestyles – better diet, more exercise, keeping active in old age – to reduce our risk of disease. A second approach is to identify those who are at most risk of disease or have undiagnosed conditions and to intervene.
Thanks to studies of volunteers from the eastern region, we may be able to spend our extra years living independently and in good health.
Read more in this report from Cambridge University.