Functioning well in later life: What is the evidence from longitudinal studies?

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Symposium

As the UK’s population ages, policy makers and practitioners seek the best ways to help people grow old healthily, independently and with dignity. And to do so they rely on the most robust evidence.

Due to their interdisciplinary nature, longitudinal studies are an unparalleled source of evidence on what individual and environmental factors help people function well in later life. This symposium brought together experts in healthy ageing from some of the UK’s leading longitudinal studies.

Keynote speaker:

Professor Scott Hofer, University of Victoria
Coordinated analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between physical, cognitive, and social activity and cognitive functioning in later life

Scott is Co-Director of the international research network for the Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies on Aging (IALSA), and co-investigator for HALCyon (Healthy Aging across the Life Course).

Other presentations:

Rachel Cooper, Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing
A life course approach to physical capability: what have we found in HALCyon and where will we go from here?

Ed Moses, Social Care Strategic Policy and Finance, Department of Health
Functioning well in later life: policy priorities and policy changes

Amanda Sacker, University College London
Using the British Household Panels for research on functioning well in later life

Shirley Simmonds and Richard Dodds, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton
The Hertfordshire Cohort Study: novel approaches to exploring musculoskeletal functioning in later life

Andrew Steptoe, University College London
Subjective wellbeing in later life: an international perspective