Healthy Ageing Research Group, University of Manchester – Written evidence (INQ0072)


Executive summary



The scientific understanding of the ageing process, and how these areas of research could lead to treatments for delaying or managing the negative effects of ageing (Scientific basis)




Technologies that can improve health and wellbeing in old age, and technologies that can enable independent living in old age (Technologies)




Opportunities for the UK to commercialise discoveries and innovations relating to healthier ageing (Industrial strategy)




The policy implications of a healthier older population (Healthier ageing)


The core issues for ageing policy revolve around the increasing numbers of people living into increasingly older age.  From a policy perspective a central concern should be to ensure the compression of morbidity and the maintenance of active, engaged, high quality healthy lived years.




The Authors


The Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG) at the University of Manchester is a multi-disciplinary group conducting research aimed at promoting healthy and active ageing. Our work covers the range of ages considered for older people (including younger older people e.g. 55+/retirement age, and the oldest old).


HARG’s high quality population health research uses quantitative, qualitative and evidence synthesis review techniques and has an emphasis on healthy and active ageing so to promote active participation in society.  We develop research capacity in the topic, ensure our work has direct relevance to policy and practice for older adults at a local, national and international level.  We engage with and involve the public, patients and stakeholders in our research activities.


Areas of expertise include: falls and falls prevention, activity and exercise promotion (strength and balance), nutrition and diet, development and evaluation of novel mHealth and eHealth technologies, clinical decision making support tools, health behaviour change and health literacy, musculoskeletal conditions, mixed-methods research methodology, critical appraisal and evidence synthesis, and user-involvement in design of technologies to support healthy ageing.


20 September 2019