Abstract: Increases in longevity resulting from improvements in health
care and living conditions together with a decrease in fertility rates have
contributed to a shift towards an aged population profile. For the first time the UK
has more people over age 60 than below 16 years of age. The increase in longevity has
not been accompanied b... read morey an increase in disease-free life expectancy and research into
ageing is required to improve the health and quality of life of older people.
However, as the House of Lords reported, ageing research in the UK is not adequately
structured and a clear vision and plan are urgently required. Hence, with the aim of
setting a common vision for action in ageing research in the UK, a 'Spark Workshop'
was organised. International experts from different disciplines related to ageing
research gathered to share their perspectives and to evaluate the present status of
ageing research in the UK. A detailed assessment of potential improvements was
conducted and the prospective secondary gains were considered, which were
subsequently distilled into a list of 'ten commandments'. We believe that these
commandments, if followed, will help to bring about the necessary implementation of
an action plan for ageing research in the UK, commensurate with the scale of the
challenge, which is to transform the manifold opportunities of increased longevity
into actual delivery of a society living not only for longer, but also healthier,
wealthier and happier.
Franco, Oscar, Thomas BL Kirkwood, Jonathan R. Powell, Michael
Catt, James Goodwin, Jose M. Ordovas, and Frans van der Ouderaa. "Ten commandments
for the future of ageing research in the UK: a vision for action." BMC Geriatrics 7,
no. 1 (12, 2007): 1-7.