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Ageing well - what is the cost?

Institute for Health and Human Development on the costs and strategies for ageing well

Ageing well - what is the cost?

Date: Thursday, 28 November 2019

Time: 5.30pm-7pm

Location: University Square Stratford

Join the Institute for Health and Human Development for a talk and a panel discussion at our next public Seminars@IHHD on the costs and strategies for ageing well.

To register, go to the Eventbrite page.

  • Talk: Minimum income for healthy living and frailty in adults over 65 years old
  • Speaker: Dr Paul Watts, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, UEL

The forecasted post-Brexit increase in food costs will disproportionately affect the ability of deprived older adults to lead a healthy life. Increases in the cost of food would be well above any growth in the Pension Credit income. This is likely to result in more older adults becoming frail, and at greater risk of death, hospitalisation and being placed in full-time residential care.

Food costs make up at least 25% of the minimum income older adults need to live a healthy life based on the concept of a Minimum Income for Healthy Living by pioneering epidemiologist Professor Jerry Morris. We investigated this concept in relation to frailty, a clinical syndrome predominantly of older ages characterised by a decline in function across physical and cognitive systems, often requiring significant informal and formal care.

Using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, we investigated the relationship between the Minimum Income for Healthy Living and two measures of frailty. Our study has shown that living below the Minimum Income for Healthy Living is associated with becoming frail and is a better predictor of frailty than traditional measures of relative poverty.

About the speaker

Paul Watts began teaching and researching at the University of East London in 2008 and was programme leader for the BSc Public Health Programme from 2013-2018. His research focuses on healthy ageing and frailty in older adults. He is currently working on analyses of cohort studies to understand influences on frailty and other health outcomes in older adults such as falls, mobility and activities of daily living. He also has an interest in social and environmental interventions acting on health and health behaviours.

Panel discussion: Strategies for ageing well

Members of the panel:

Professor David Blane, Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London

David Blane is professor emeritus of Imperial College London, honorary professor of UCL and former (2008-20012) deputy director of ESRC International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society and Health - ICLS. His research interests include social class differences in mortality, life course research and social gerontology.

Dr Vicki Leah, Lecturer, University of East London

Professor Gopalakrishnan Netuveli, Professor of Global Public Health, University of East London

Gopal's background is in natural and clinical sciences with research interests in epidemiology, public health, health services, social epidemiology and social policy. He is a co-investigator on the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Health and Society. His research tends to assume a life course perspective with a focus on healthy ageing and use longitudinal data

Dr Paul Watts, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, University of East London

You can also join the discussion online using your computer, tablet or smartphone:

Refreshments will be available at 5.30pm. Talk starts at 5.45pm

Thursday, 28 November 2019
17:30-19:00

University Square Stratford

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