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Institute of Gerontology

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.


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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