A major achievement of modern science is that people around the world are living longer than ever before.
However, our ageing population also presents one of the key challenges of the modern age: ratios of workers to retirees are reducing, while healthcare costs are being driven up by a longer proportion of their lives in ill health and a greater prevalence of comorbidities.
Physiology can contribute to easing the difficulties caused by an ageing population in a number of ways. Understanding the causes of age-related diseases and frailty can result in lifestyle and medical interventions to allow older people to keep contributing longer into their lifespan. This will both increase quality of life in older age and ease the burden on health and care systems.
To ensure that physiology is at the heart of national decision-making around healthy ageing and lifelong health, The Physiological Society has brought together experts from physiology, research funding bodies, wider scientific research, the charitable sector and executive agencies to develop a strategy that will inform The Society’s advocacy.
The Society’s work on lifelong health is coordinated by an Expert Group chaired by Prof Paul Greenhaff, Deputy Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC)/Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research, based at the University of Nottingham.
Expert Group membership
FORUM, Academy of Medical Sciences
The AMS’ FORUM programme brings together industry, academia, the NHS and wider healthcare sector to drive progress on cross-sector policy topics, which have included ageing research.