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We investigate the challenges of health and social care, as well as the social, economic and policy consequences of ageing populations in both developed and developing worlds. 

Founded in 1986, our Institute leads excellent research and teaching in critical areas for ageing societies and older people, including healthy ageing, long-term care, employment, social participation, age-friendly cities, grandparents, housing and social policy. 

Find out more about studying gerontology on our postgraduate courses page.


Announcement

New paper, 'Later retirement, job strain and health: evidence from the new State Pension Age in the UK' outlines the health effects on women from recent reforms to the UK State Pension Age.

The study, the first to evaluate the health effects of the reforms, has found that rises in the State Pension Age have led to a 30% increase in the probability of depressive symptoms amongst women working in physically and psychosocially demanding jobs. These are jobs characterised by low-control combined with high job demands.

About a third of women in the UK work in these jobs, including those in housekeeping and restaurant services, personal care, sales, cleaning, and machine operation.

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Publications

    Activities

    Annual David Hobman Lecture
    Annual David Hobman Lecture

    Together with Age UK, the Institute of Gerontology at King’s has run this distinguished lecture series since 1988 in memory of David Hobman, and has played host to a number of renowned figures in the gerontological sphere, as well as being attended by the Principal of the College and the Chief Executive of Age UK. 

    Themes

    Ageing policy, health and healthcare
    We investigate the factors leading to better physical, mental and social health in later life. We also look at how health and social services throughout the life course can be optimised to improve health and well-being at older ages.

    Communities, work and family life
    We examine how societal, political and policy changes in work and family life have affected intergenerational relations and the lives of older people.

    Global ageing
    We study how governments should be preparing for the rapid ageing of populations around the world. This includes how these changes in family and community structures impact on support, housing, health and care in later life, particularly in societies with little institutional protection for older people.

    Publications

      Activities

      Annual David Hobman Lecture
      Annual David Hobman Lecture

      Together with Age UK, the Institute of Gerontology at King’s has run this distinguished lecture series since 1988 in memory of David Hobman, and has played host to a number of renowned figures in the gerontological sphere, as well as being attended by the Principal of the College and the Chief Executive of Age UK. 

      Themes

      Ageing policy, health and healthcare
      We investigate the factors leading to better physical, mental and social health in later life. We also look at how health and social services throughout the life course can be optimised to improve health and well-being at older ages.

      Communities, work and family life
      We examine how societal, political and policy changes in work and family life have affected intergenerational relations and the lives of older people.

      Global ageing
      We study how governments should be preparing for the rapid ageing of populations around the world. This includes how these changes in family and community structures impact on support, housing, health and care in later life, particularly in societies with little institutional protection for older people.