Elderly people

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Retired couples keep standard of living

Feature | 10 September 2014 | Academic, General public, Press/media

Most couples who have retired over the last decade have enough wealth to maintain their previous standard of living, according to ifs findings.

A design for later life

Feature | 16 April 2014 | General public

By working with and learning from people in later life good design can contribute to the wellbeing of older people.

Rethinking pensions

Feature | 30 May 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Six in ten people over the age of 50 in the uk have not considered how they will finance their retirement years – and a third of people approaching retirement do not know how much income they will receive from their private pensions, according to r ...

The demographic push to democracy

Feature | 19 March 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

When life spans increase, people become more concerned with their rights, pushing societies towards democracy, argues tim dyson of the london school of economics. While this demographic transition has taken 200 years in europe, china might be through ...

Future nhs funding squeeze highlighted by ifs research

Feature | 15 March 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

A house of lords inquiry examining the pressures facing the health service drew heavily on research evidence from the esrc-supported institute for fiscal studies.

Health of mummies revealed by 'digging into data'

Feature | 14 March 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

New research on mummies challenges the conventional belief that fatty arteries are caused by unhealthy lifestyles. The study came about through the digging into data challenge, a research initiative co-funded by the esrc.

More drugs dispensed in care homes

Feature | 21 February 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

The dispensing of mood-altering drugs to older people in northern ireland increase after they move into care homes, according to research at the centre of excellence for public health northern ireland, co-funded by the esrc.

Massive pensions shortfall looming for unaware over-50s

Feature | 30 November 2012 | General public, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

A report launched today by the institute for fiscal studies and co-funded by the esrc reveals that a third of those approaching retirement report that they find it impossible even to guess how much income they will receive from their private pensions ...

Happy relationships may help you keep fit

Feature | 05 October 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Stable, nurturing relationships may help you stay fit and healthy, according to new esrc-funded research. The study found that being in supportive relationships with low levels of conflicts and stress may help some individuals keep slim and physicall ...

Case studies

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Challenging age-based stereotypes

Case Study | 05 June 2014 | General public, International, Press/media, Voluntary sector

A pioneering project in which older women explored their experience of ageing through art provided the impetus for a campaign challenging ageism and sexism through a range of policy and school-based initiatives.

Shaping long-term care funding in england

Case Study | 27 September 2010 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

An esrc research project modelling future trends for uk's ageing population proved pivotal in providing research evidence for the government's reform of social care funding in england.

Raising awareness of india's elderly

Case Study | 15 July 2009 | Business, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

Research from the new dynamics of ageing programme is highlighting the contributions and needs of india's older population to policymakers.

Improving older people's lives

Case Study | 15 November 2007 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Findings from professor thomas scharf's research into older people and social exclusion has informed a charity campaign and encouraged co-operation between charity and community groups in manchester and liverpool.

Press releases

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Showcase celebrates unique programme of research into the challenges of ageing

Press Release | 18 October 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

A showcase event on monday will celebrate the end of the new dynamics of ageing (nda) programme, the largest and most ambitious research programme on ageing ever mounted in the uk when launched

Family first – caring within uk bangladeshi and pakistani communities

Press Release | 18 June 2012 | Academic, General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

Over the next 20 years the proportion of older people living within the bangladeshi and pakistani communities in the uk will increase significantly according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc).

Dignity counts when caring for older people

Press Release | 03 February 2012 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

Older people feel that their health problems pose a challenge to their sense of independence, dignity and identity and sometimes the health care they are given makes things worse

Young and old work together to challenge stereotypes of age

Press Release | 03 November 2011 | Academic, General public, Higher education, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools, Voluntary sector

Not many ten-year-olds may have considered what it’s like to be old. But two forthcoming workshops for year 6 children aim to develop childhood understandings of later life and discuss the differences and similarities between people at various ages. ...

Older people are happier in brazil and south africa

Press Release | 03 October 2011 | Academic, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

Contrary to belief, older people in south africa and brazil become happier as they age. New research suggests that, with the right policies in place, a developing country can significantly improve the wellbeing of its older citizens.

Living with dementia and making decisions

Press Release | 29 September 2011 | Academic, Business, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

People with dementia can still make decisions in their everyday lives and with support from partners can continue to do so as their condition advances. This is one of the preliminary findings of a two-year research project funded by the economic and ...

Look at me!

Press Release | 22 March 2011 | Business, General public, Press/media

Findings from the project entitled 'look at me! images of women and ageing' have revealed the complexity of women's feelings about the images of ageing. These findings are presented in various exhibitions in sheffield, which runs from 9 march to 15 a ...

Better spaces for older people

Press Release | 17 December 2010 | Press/media

Urban planning needs to consider how older people use walking routes as well as public areas, concludes a research council uk-funded research project from the new dynamics of ageing programme. Planning should include a smooth transition between walki ...


Most recent grants

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Exploring the characteristics of imitation in parkinson's disease

Dr Ellen Poliakoff | Experimental psychology | 31 March 2014

Parkinson’s disease is a common neurological disorder, which has a profound effect on movement. People find it hard to initiate movements and often make smaller movements, such as taking shorter steps. Currently, cues are used to improve people ...

Applying relationships science to contemporary interventions

Dr Abigail Millings | 24 February 2014

The applying relationships science to contemporary interventions seminar series is a 3-year programme of nine mini-conferences designed to facilitate dialogue around relationships science between key stakeholders in contemporary interventions. Events ...

Social media analysis for social geography

Professor Paul Watson | Social Geography | 14 February 2014

Many believe that social media data has the potential to give real insights into communities. However, there is a real challenge in unlocking this knowledge due to the enormous size and speed with which the data is generated, and a lack of understand ...

Actifcare: acces to timely formal care

Professor Robert Woods | 01 January 2014

Timely access to services, such as home care, is widely recognised as important for quality of life for people with dementia and their supporters and for reducing health care costs, for example by postponing nursing home placement. However, in practi ...

Living well with dementia

Professor Linda Clare | 01 January 2014

Enabling people with dementia and carers to ‘live well’ with the condition is a key uk policy objective. The aim of this project is to identify what helps people to live well or makes it difficult to live well in the context of having dem ...

Centre for population change

Professor Jane Falkingham | Demography (General) | 01 January 2014

The esrc research centre for population change (cpc) aims to improve our understanding of the key drivers and implications of population change within the uk. The centre is a joint initiative between the university of southampton and a consortium of ...


Most recent outputs

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Key findings - res-356-25-0037

Constantinos Maganaris | 30 September 2014 | Science and Technology Studies | End of Grant Report

Key findings - res-356-25-0037