Healthy ageing

cyclists, Healthy AgeingThe healthy ageing programme includes research on physical, mental and social wellbeing, healthy work and retirement, and effective health and ‌social care.  In the programme we will develop, evaluate and translate public health interventions to maintain and improve health, and reduce health inequalities in later life.

Average life expectancy has increased dramatically over the last three decades.  Present challenges include extending healthy life expectancy and reducing the social, economic and health burden which comes with people living longer.  Achieving a good quality of life in later years requires primary prevention, to protect healthy people from developing a disease, and secondary prevention, to halt or slow the progress of disease (if possible) in its earliest stages.  We focus on both health related behaviours and social interventions to promote wellbeing, in particular among socially and economically disadvantaged groups.

The research involves collaborations with the Institute for Ageing at Newcastle University, NIHR School for Public Health Research and other national and international collaborators. There are strong links with other Fuse programmes, in particular those focused on behaviour change and inequalities.

The programme objectives are to:

  • Promote healthy ageing in retirement, including interventions to promote exercise, healthy diet, safe drinking, and socialising.
  • Investigate the implications of people working longer and develop, evaluate and translate appropriate workplace interventions to maintain and improve health.
  • Evaluate the role of social and welfare interventions in later life for disadvantaged groups.
  • Evaluate the roles of formal and informal care in promoting health among older adults and develop interventions to maximise health gain and minimise health inequalities.


Dr Sheena Ramsay - Programme co-lead, Newcastle University

Dr Gemma Wilson - Programme co-lead, Northumbria University (maternity cover for Dr Sonia Dalkin)

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Fuse Healthy Ageing Research Programme strategy

Technology as a tool for social connection

Exploring older adults’ experiences of using technology, including social media, to connect with others.

Last modified: Fri, 12 Jun 2020 13:44:38 BST

Health inequalities of older people in coastal and rural areas

A review of the available academic evidence supplemented with case studies on the health inequalities in older people (aged 50 years or older) in coastal and rural areas.

Last modified: Wed, 04 Sep 2019 12:09:44 BST

The Gentle Years Yoga Trial

A UK-based trial evaluating an adapted yoga programme in older adults with long-term medical conditions.

Last modified: Fri, 17 May 2019 16:23:10 BST

New life, New you

Fuse researchers based at Newcastle University developed a novel intervention for type 2 diabetes prevention called ‘New life, New you’.

Last modified: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 15:51:04 GMT

The Do-Well study

Evaluating the effects of a welfare rights advice service provided by social services departments in North East England for low income older people.

Last modified: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 15:51:25 GMT