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King's Centre for Global Ageing

King's Centre for Global Ageing was a research project that sought to increase our understanding of global issues facing ageing societies.

Aims

For this project we focused on the three main areas listed below

1. Medical innovations for chronic conditions

We looked to expand and develop our understanding of access to medical technologies and care, and the effect of these for health and well-being throughout the life course in diverse contexts across the globe.

2. Families and communities

This research allowed us to investigate the implications of family and community change for the care, support, health and well-being of older people and their families in different settings around the world whilst exploring ways to best provide ethical care for them.

3. Work, retirement, and health

We investigated the inequalities in labour market participation in later life and its implications for health and well-being, informal care, and socioeconomic resources whilst exploring the work abilities of a global ageing workforce.

 

 

Methods

For us to effectively carry out research on this project, we worked with different groups on multiple projects looking into different areas of the research. 

  • 10/66 Dementia Research Group: a population-based research into dementia, non-communicable diseases and ageing in low and middle income countries.
  • ATHLOS: an EU-funded project to better understand ageing through identifying patterns, the determinants of them, and critical points of changes in trajectories, as well as to propose clinical and public health interventions to optimise healthy ageing.
  • Grandparenting In Europe: a four year partnership between Grandparents Plus, the Institute of Gerontology at King’s College London, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Beth Johnson Foundation to explore the role of grandparents within family life across Europe, helping us understand the research demographic.
  • LIFEPATH: a project carried out to understand the determinants of diverging ageing pathways among individuals belonging to different socio-economic groups. 
  • POS: a free to use measurement tool developed for people with progressive illness with over 5,000 individual registered users in around 100 countries.
  • WHERL: Wellbeing, Health, Retirement and the Lifecourse (WHERL) is a three-year academic research project led by the Insititute of Greontology at King's in partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry King's College London, University College London, the University of Toronto and the Pensions Policy Institute. 

Partners

HelpAge International

International Longevity Centre UK

Health Action International

Alzheimer’s Disease International