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The ageing well programme worked to develop an integrated public health approach to optimise health in older age groups. It built on four building blocks: a) risk prediction and stratification, b) synthesis and development of evidence about current practice and equity, c) identification and evaluation of preventive interventions tailored for gains in health and well-being; d) population modelling.

The programme, consisted of six core projects, a cross-cutting cognitive health theme, and over thirty collaborators from all NIHR SPHR member institutions. The combined outputs will strengthen the evidence base to address key areas of concern for government and society.

Ageing well was an SPHR research programme during the first quinquennium of the School (2012-2017).  Although this is no longer a focus for SPHR, our research is still having an impact in this area.

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Developing age-friendly Towns and Cities: phase 1

Throughout the world we are seeing ageing populations and an increase in the number of people living in cities.

November 2013 - July 2015

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Developing age-friendly rural communities

This research builds on the Age-Friendly Cities (AFC) project, and will focus on rural communities in England and the challenges and opportunities they present for ageing populations.

January 2018 - December 2018

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Feasibility study of the impact of a social prescribing intervention

This study assessed whether the social prescribing service called Ways to Wellness in the West End of Newcastle had a positive impact on the health of its service users.

July 2016 - March 2017

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Men in sheds: improving the health and wellbeing of older men

One in five of the UK population is an older man (aged over 65 years), and although men report better health than women, their mortality rates are higher.

June 2012 - March 2013

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Evaluating the impact of removing universal benefits

Older people in the UK can receive a range of welfare benefits including universal and conditional benefits.

April 2013 - May 2014

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Developing age-friendly Towns and Cities: phase 2

This research followed on from a previous SPHR project where a new method was developed to assess how ‘age-friendly’ cities and communities were. This project tested and refined the new assessment method, known as an evaluation tool.

January 2016 - March 2017

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Inequitable access to preventive and therapeutic health interventions for older people and the consequences of Intervention-Generated Inequalities (IGIs)

The aim of this project was to explore how older people may or may not experience ageism.

October 2013 - March 2017

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Personalising preventive health interventions

In this project SPHR researchers aimed to improve evidence on cardiovascular risk factors in later life to help people age well.

September 2013 - March 2017

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Modelling cardiovascular disease and dementia in ageing population

This project developed computer models to estimate the value for money of interventions for cardiovascular diseases and dementia, and the impact these interventions on healthcare demand.

April 2014 - March 2017

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