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Lifelong health and wellbeing

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There is an unprecedented demographic change underway in the UK with the proportion of young people declining whilst that of older people is increasing. There are considerable benefits to the UK of having an active and healthy older population with potential economic, social, and health gains associated with healthy ageing and reducing dependency in later life.

Ageing research is a long standing priority area for the Research Councils. The Research Councils will develop a new interdisciplinary initiative which will provide substantial longer term funding for new interdisciplinary centres targeting themes of healthy ageing and factors over the whole life course that may be major determinants of health and well being in later life. Centres will be focused on specific research themes drawing on the interdisciplinary strengths of the Research Councils, such as Quality of Life, Physical Frailty and Ageing Brain.

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