Seven research projects designed to support the government’s healthy ageing agenda will receive a share £10.7 million in funding.
The funding, provided by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will support projects that seek to enable older people to live healthily for longer and narrow the gap in the experiences of the richest and poorest in society.
The projects will commence this month and run for three years. Over this time, they will identify scalable and sustainable design improvements to homes that allow people to continue living in their homes for longer; help older people with cognitive impairment to be more active; and address cognitive health inequality by investigating the impact of urban environments on healthy ageing.
They will also support over 50s to remain in work for longer by creating products to support less visible aspects of older workers’ health and wellbeing, including menopause and dementia; and address challenges in recruitment of older people.
Professor Alison Park, interim executive chair of the Economic and Social Research Council, which runs the programme on behalf of UKRI, said: “The seven projects will provide an evidence base and timely insights about internal and external environments of relevance to ageing – for example, people’s homes and workplaces, and their urban and natural settings.
“They will also shed light on how social and digital connectivity can support physical and mental well-being through arts and cultural participation.”