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Health Research Matters: Co-production in young people’s health research

To kick off the Autumn series of the Health Research Matters lunchtime seminar series, the NIHR Imperial BRC Patient Experience Researc...

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Housing Secretary unveils green housing revolution

A new green standard for new build homes will bring an environmental revolution to home building.   A new green standard for new buil...

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Newcastle UNI-Health Programme - A brief summary of the week

This last week we finally enjoyed the second edition of UNI-Health program held in Newcastle University! The topic of this very special...

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UNIHealth: A Personal Perspective - Barbara Douglas

Barbara Douglas of Elders Council of Newcastle participated in two visits to the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid as part of the UNI H...

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Countdown to the UNI Health Newcastle Programme begins!

We’re now just a few days away from the start of Newcastle UNI Health programme week on 30 September. “UNIversity exchange programme cr...

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Catalysing your insights

If you have been to the Newcastle Helix site recently, you will have seen that the Catalyst building is almost ready to open its doors....

  • 13/09/2019
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Inside the village that caters for its ageing population

Pescueza in Extremadura, western Spain, is adapting to provide for the needs of its older population through a non-profit project calle...

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Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim ...

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Anger linked to illness in old age

Not all negative emotions are necessarily bad. In fact, they can direct your behaviour in useful ways. If you’re stuck in traffic and r...

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The grandmother effect suggests that proximity is a factor in family size

The human species is one of the very few, along with orcas and pilot whales, where females cease to be fertile after approximately 45 y...

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Isabel Allende: How to live passionately—no matter your age

Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers...

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Longer lifespans are changing the shape of the world’s population pyramid

The world is in the midst of a notable period of demographic transition. Back in the 1960s, global population growth peaked at a 2.1% ...

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Corporations are funding health and nutrition research – here’s why you should be worried

For the health-conscious consumer, it’s hard to keep up with the dizzying array of products on offer. Consumers want unbiased informati...

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How Japan can take the lead with an ageing workforce

Japan, like many countries around the world, faces the transformative effects of Globalization 4.0, as Fourth Industrial Revolution tec...

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Jane Fonda: Life's third act

Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy -- and these years aren't just a footnote. Jane Fonda ...

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Empathy in healthcare is finally making a comeback

A doctor friend – let’s call her Anne – was teaching three smart medical students who were told to diagnose a woman complaining of nons...

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Susan Pinker: The secret to living longer may be your social life

The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why...

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Dixon Chibanda: Why I train grandmothers to treat depression

Dixon Chibanda is one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe -- for a population of more than 16 million. Realizing that his country would nev...

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UK law on medicinal cannabis changed six months ago – what have we learned?

On November 1, 2018, the UK changed the law on medicinal cannabis. Medicinal cannabis products were moved from schedule 1, meaning they...

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Antibiotics: why asking doctors to prescribe fewer is futile

An 85-year-old woman with dementia is admitted to hospital with worsening confusion, new urinary incontinence and constipation. These s...

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What baby boomers can learn from millennials at work – and vice versa

For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace at the same time, says entrepreneur Chip Conley. What would happen i...

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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatr...

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Fear of the dentist: what is dental phobia and dental anxiety?

It’s fair to say going to the dentists is few people’s favourite thing to do. In fact, over 45% of British people say they get anxious ...

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Changes to the VOICE Web Platform

New member of the VOICE team: John Dawson As proud as we are of the VOICE website, we have some big plans going ahead to improve the s...

  • 18/07/2019
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Let's end Ageism!

It's not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It's ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves -- and...

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Feel like time is flying? Here’s how to slow it down

Sometimes it seems as if life is passing us by. When we are children, time ambles by, with endless car journeys and summer holidays whi...

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Why 30 is not the new 20!

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade....

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To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more

New WHO guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age Children under five must spen...

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More than 1m childless people over 65 are 'dangerously unsupported'

More than 1 million people aged over 65 without children are “dangerously unsupported”, and at acute risk of isolation, loneliness, poo...

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Is access to healthcare fair?

Knowledge Exchange Intern for VOICE What is the first thing that comes mind when you think about living a healthier life as an older a...

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Uprooted: older people as refugees

  By Hulian Zhang Knowledge Exchange Intern for VOICE In 2017, every day, 44,400 people were forced to leave home countries due to c...

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Addressing elder abuse

  By Hulian Zhang Knowledge Exchange Intern for VOICE As a society, discussion and change has, quite rightly, started around domesti...

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World-leading academics receive highest honour

Two world-leading academics at Newcastle University have been given a prestigious honour for their outstanding work in health research ...

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Have a 'Good Book' suggestion on personal experience of health & care? Add it to our list

To celebrate World Book Day (23 April) this year, staff from the Imperial BRC Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) tweeted a list ...

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Where you live in your 20s affects when you retire – here’s how

Across the globe, people are living longer. Many countries – including the UK – have responded by raising the age of retirement. By 202...

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8 ways to keep your brain young and stave off mental decline

THE studies are cruelly consistent: by the age of 45, your basic cognitive abilities begin to slip. As we get older, the crucial brain ...

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The aging face of homelessness in North American cities

In Vancouver last month, more than 400 volunteers walked around, carrying clipboards and wearing bright yellow buttons that read “Homel...

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Electric bikes can boost older people’s mental performance and their well-being

Getting on your bicycle can give you an enormous sense of freedom and enjoyment. It can increase your independence and knowledge of the...

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Is 75 the new 65? Wealthy countries need to rethink what it means to be old

In 1950, men and women at age 65 could expect to live about 11 years more on average. Today, that number has gone up to 17, and the Un...

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Ageism may increase people's risk of ill-health, study finds

A quarter of older people in England say they have recently faced ageism, researchers have revealed in a study suggesting discriminatio...

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In Japan, if you're 76 you're biologically 65

People experience the health problems of the average 65-year-old at different ages around the world, with citizens in some countries su...

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Uneven access to health services drives life expectancy gaps: WHO

Where women can access health services, maternal deaths decrease, lengthening women’s life expectancy.  In many circumstances, men a...

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For the first time ever there are more people over 65 than under 5

The world's population is aging while many countries' birth rates fail to keep up. There are now more people over the age of 65 than t...

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Nearly one in seven Britons could live alone by 2039, study shows

Nearly one in seven people in the UK could be living alone by 2039, according to government figures, which also reveal that those curre...

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An ageing workforce isn't a burden. It's an opportunity

Our world is changing constantly and at an increasingly rapid pace. We’re at a unique time in our history when increased longevity is c...

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Poetry in motion to encourage mobility and drive wellbeing

Moving poetry has hit the road as part of a creative project to promote inclusivity amongst city residents. Co-Motion Poems by Newcas...

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Paul Tasner: How I became an entrepreneur at 66

It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner -- after working continuously for other people for 40 years, h...

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Links with community and business to build a strong chain

The North East Cluster for Healthy Ageing and Independent Living (NE-CHAIN) has won early-stage funding from UK Research and Innovation...

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BJ Miller: What really matters at the end of life

At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it's simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a hospice and palli...

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As home care packages become big business, older people are not getting the personalised support they need

The Royal Commission into Aged Care has unleashed a spate of claims of system failure within the residential aged care sector. Now, as...

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Would you like to grow old at home? Why we’re struggling to meet demand for subsidised home care

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is this week turning its focus to aged care in the home. So far it has heard ev...

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Millions in Britain at risk of poor-quality later life, report says

A landmark report on the state of ageing in Britain has warned that a significant proportion of people are at risk of spending later li...

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Expert in ageing receives damehood

Professor Dame Louise Robinson was recognised at Buckingham Palace for her services to Primary Care and for improving older people's qu...

  • 12/04/2019
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Laura Carstensen: Older People Are Happier

In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans, but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly,...

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How the young in developing countries are excluded from work

Young people face tough labor markets and job shortages in countries all over the world. For example, about 20 percent of 15- to 24-yea...

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Older people are more digitally savvy, but aged care providers need to keep up

Older adults are more digitally connected than ever, even though their uptake of internet-based technologies remains lower than for you...

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What’s behind South Korea’s elderly crime wave?

Elderly crime is on the rise in South Korea. The number of crimes committed by senior citizens increased by 45% in the past five years...

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Alone together: how mobile devices have changed family time

There is now widespread concern about the amount of time children spend staring at screens – with many people worried about the negativ...

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Solving the ‘population problem’ through policy

Australia has a problem with population. It’s a problem with the potential to result in enormous chaos, risking the nation’s economic w...

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Can sitting less decrease your risk of heart disease?

Too much sitting has long been criticized for contributing to premature mortality, Type 2 diabetes, and a host of other illnesses. In a...

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A mother and son's photographic journey through dementia

Artist Tony Luciani was testing out a new camera when his 91-year-old mother, Elia, snuck into the background of his photos. The sponta...

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Explainer: what is a home care package and who is eligible?

During the first round of hearings in the aged care royal commission, we heard many Australians would prefer to receive help at home th...

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More visits to the doctor doesn’t mean better care – it’s time for a Medicare shake-up

Over the last 35 years, Medicare has given Australians access to high-quality health care at a reasonable cost. But, despite our justif...

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Barbie at 60: instrument of female oppression or positive influence?

Barbie Millicent Roberts, from Wisconsin US, is celebrating her 60th birthday. She is a toy. A doll. Yet she has grown into a phenomeno...

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National policy experts call for bold action for healthy ageing in the Region

National policy experts on healthy ageing have called for bold action to promote healthy ageing and to invest in a future where all old...

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Her burden to bear – women, aging, and depression

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You are speaking to someone, who says “this is just the way it is”, or “I didn’t have a choice”, or pe...

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When granny flats go wrong – perils for parents highlight need for law reform

A “granny flat agreement” is an informal arrangement between a parent and their adult child or children. The parent (often elderly) con...

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Help improve government services for people in retirement

A morning of research hosted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in the centre of Newcastle.  They will be running various s...

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If assisted dying is legalised, who gets to decide whose life is worth living?

Since the British parliament rejected a bill that would have legalised assisted dying back in 2015, campaigners have continued to push ...

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PMQs: May 'expects BBC to continue free TV licences' for over-75s

Theresa May said taxpayers want the BBC to use "its substantial licence fee income in an appropriate way", when asked about the future ...

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Most black South Africans don’t save for retirement. How to change this

Saving for retirement simply isn’t seen as a priority by many South Africans. This is borne out by data in the Old Mutual Savings and I...

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Five new women-led startups building a better future

From pioneering diagnostic tools to next-generation construction materials, Imperial’s female students are at the helm of ground-breaki...

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Teaching archaeology in care homes, I learned how older people are often the best students

As health care improves and more people live healthier and longer lives, the elderly population of Earth will balloon. There were 66m p...

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Why the #10yearchallenge is more than a simple social media meme

An early 2019 meme called #10yearchallenge, that involved someone sharing an image from 2008 or 2009 next to one from 2018 or 2019, gai...

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End of life care: how to save hospices from collapse? Less medicine and some lessons from India

For the first time ever, one of Britain’s 200 independent hospices has closed its doors. St Clare’s in Jarrow near Newcastle had been s...

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We all want increased choice in elder care – but neoliberal health policies make this difficult

We can all agree that older people should have the choice to stay at home, and be cared for there, if that is what they wish to do. But...

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Northern millennials less likely to live into their 50s than their southern English counterparts

There is a stark disparity in wealth and health between people in the north and south of England, commonly referred to as England’s “no...

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Why some Japanese pensioners want to go to jail

Japan is in the grip of an elderly crime wave - the proportion of crimes committed by people over the age of 65 has been steadily incre...

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If assisted dying is legalised, who gets to decide whose life is worth living?

Since the British parliament rejected a bill that would have legalised assisted dying back in 2015, campaigners have continued to push ...

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Active Voices

Are you thinking of going part-time? Or retiring? Or just wanting to do something different with your time, skills and talents? Would y...

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9 things I have learnt about Public Involvement – A service user’s perspective.

Originally published 4 January 2019 on the NIHR Imperial BRC Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) Blog.   I am a recent mature g...

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Accelerator to support new businesses in ageing launched

A new accelerator programme aimed at businesses with the potential to develop solutions to the challenges faced by an ageing population...

  • 19/12/2018
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Showcasing the region’s strengths in Boston

A US trade mission built around the North East’s expertise in ageing, nutrition, digital, science and tech heads to Boston to build str...

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Major new report connects North’s poor health with poor productivity

Poor health has been linked with the North’s poor productivity for the first time in a major new report by six northern universities. ...

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The longevity dividend: how ageing populations could boost economic productivity

People are generally living longer than previous generations across most parts of the world. Rising life expectancy is a result of adva...

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Social care Japanese style – what we can learn from the world’s oldest population

Japan has long been known for its widespread respect for its seniors and a powerful sense of obligation to care for them. The involveme...

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Age Does Not Define us: Rethinking Age & Ageing

A collaborative exhibition from the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and The Age of No Retirement, as part of The Great Exhibition...

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Tombola – bingo with an Italian flavour on Tyneside

For more than 20 years a group has quietly been bringing a little bit of la Dolce Vita to a very British pastime. Associazione Amici D...

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Older people pick up objects in a different way to younger people

The way we interact with objects is based on what we think they are like - their weight, shape and so on. If our expectations are corre...

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Five stereotypes about older workers debunked

Legislation to outlaw discrimination on the basis of age was first introduced in the UK in 2006. It was designed to protect people of a...

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VOICE Research Support Group

The VOICE Research Support group is formed of public volunteers who have an interest in research at Newcastle University. The group hav...

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Are you sitting comfortably?

For people who cannot walk long distances, the right seat in the right place can be life changing. If you cannot rest in public spaces ...

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Northern Powerhouse Business Summit - Accenture Design thinking session

As part of the Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, Accenture will be running a Design Thinking Session. The session will be held on t...

  • 29/06/2018
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Rising to the challenge

Leading scientists say Newcastle University will rise to the challenge of the Prime Minister’s new Industrial Strategy. Theresa May sa...

  • 15/06/2018
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The PPI Café – Open for Ideas

To view the original article, please click here. At the 2018 Imperial Festival we opened the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Café...

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“Gerrit doon yi, it’ll de yi gudd!”

I am a History Undergraduate with a specialised interest in the history of alcohol and drinking. My Undergraduate dissertation is looki...

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Great Exhibition of the North Programme Revealed

Taking place 22 June –9 September across Newcastle and Gateshead, the 80-day exhibition will celebrate great art and culture, design an...

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What factors make ‘age-friendly environments’ effective?

A new study has identified the most effective initiatives for promoting respect and social inclusion for older people living in the com...

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VOICE: 10 years and thriving

VOICE North was established in Newcastle back in 2007 – and so in 2018 it seems particularly timely to reflect and celebrate all we hav...

  • 17/01/2018
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Loneliness is not just for Christmas – but by the flurry of charity messages you’d think otherwise

A new pre-Christmas tradition has emerged alongside the traditional activities of present buying, planning huge meals, and attending sc...

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New research shows explaining things to 'normal' people can help scientists be better at their jobs

In times when fake news and alternative facts circulate in society, spreading scientifically based findings is more important than ever...

  • 04/12/2017
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Newcastle named as a top UK smart city

Newcastle is the fastest growing region outside of London for digital and technology employment, according to the second UK Smart Citie...

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Eight simple changes to our neighbourhoods can help us age well

Where we live can play a big part in ageing well, largely because of the links between physical activity and wellbeing. Research shows ...

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It's time to treat aging as an asset, not a burden

By now, you may be aware that Canada’s seniors recently crossed a significant threshold. Statistics Canada announced for the first time...

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Pioneering research centre celebrates 40th anniversary

A research centre whose pioneering work paved the way for Local Enterprise Partnerships and Metro Mayors is celebrating four decades of...

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Friends of North Tyneside Project

Friends of North Tyneside is a new project bringing together teams of volunteers aged 50+ to help improve the lives of children, young ...

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What to call the time of life between work and old age?

To get the most out of longer lives, a new age category is needed. WHAT do you call someone who is over 65 but not yet elderly? This s...

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Meet a Member - Steve Wilkinson

Your chance to meet one of our members, Steve Wilkinson! Hear about what Steve enjoys most about being a member of Voice North and wha...

  • 13/07/2017
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'Always grasp the opportunity': confronting ageism creatively

Eileen Kramer is reinventing ageing. The 102-year-old dancer and artist is working on a new ballet and plans to perform it in November ...

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We are becoming segregated into young and old communities without realising

Differences in political views between different age groups have been very apparent during the current UK election campaign. The polls ...

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Childhood research project set up 70 years ago is still going strong

They have been part of one of the longest ever studies into health, and now the ‘Red Spot’ babies are marking their 70th birthdays. Se...

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Call for mandatory screening to cut the risk of malnutrition in older people

Old age comes with many challenges, including concerning levels of malnutrition. The issue is particularly worrying among older people ...

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The Truth About...Stress

On Thursday 4th May the BBC broadcast 'The Truth About...Stress'.  Professor Thomas Von Zglinicki, Scientific Director, Newcastle Univ...

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Combining daycare for children and elderly people benefits all generations

We live in a society where care of young and old is increasingly segregated, with very limited opportunity for the two age groups to in...

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Here’s why some Dutch university students are living in nursing homes

Published on 29th November 2016, by Johanna Harris on The Conversation. In today’s society both young and old increasingly find themse...

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Newcastle residents invited to give their views on city’s parks

Published on 21st March 2017 The future of Newcastle’s parks and allotments is up for discussion, and researchers at Newcastle Univers...

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Members' Blog: NOT Acting Our Age

As part of International Women’s day we would like to celebrate this by featuring a blog written by one of our members, Irene Soulsby. ...

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Free Thinking experts take part in festival

BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival is returning to the Sage Gateshead next month and Newcastle University's academics will be playi...

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Rising life expectancy and why we need to rethink the meaning of old age

Published on 23rd February 2017 by Jane Falkingham on The Conversation. The life expectancy of human beings will soon exceed 90 years ...

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Newcastle University Researchers at the "Bones" Exhibition

The “Bones” exhibition gets into full swing this half term at the Great North Museum in Newcastle.  Featuring displays of more than 10...

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Members' Blog: NU-AGE

NU-AGE is a Newcastle University course for undergraduates and aims to introduce students to the importance of ageing in the 21st centu...

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How old is old, and what to wear: the value of PPI

Before I started my PhD, I had no idea about patient and public involvement and how important it is for research projects. This quickly...

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Love in later life

What factors affect our experiences of our intimate relationships as we grow older? This report examines the sexual and intimate lives ...

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Managing Change in Future Cities

Finding new ways to help cities adapt to the increasing demands of their population is the focus of a pioneering project led by Newcast...

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Members' Blog: What does Voice North do for me?

Adds years to my life - according to the 5 ways to stay well in later life. Stay connected - I get out of the house and make new frien...

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MiLAN Film Festival 2017: From Medicine With Love

An exploration of the role of love in health and mental wellbeing is being explored during a week-long film festival. The MiLAN (Medic...

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Year-long commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. starts

A year-long programme to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr King receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University gets underway toda...

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Always forget to keep your New Year's resolutions? Smoking and drinking could be why

Given that the New Year is just around the corner, now might be a good time to come up with a resolution to reduce your drinking, or st...

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How bucket lists help the terminally ill - and those around them

Buckets lists – inventories of things to do before you die – are often developed by people who know they have little time left. It seem...

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How do Universities support the public good in challenging times?

The role universities play in the community comes under the spotlight in a new book edited by Newcastle University experts. The Civic ...

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Influencing design: Voice North Osteoarthritis Workshops

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is an inclusive design and co-design organisation, which is based at the Royal College of Art in Lon...

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Director's Blog: What is Voice North?

The ‘VOICE’ of Voice North stands for Valuing our Intellectual Capital and Experience. The ‘North’ is because as an organisation we are...

  • 31/10/2016
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Members' Blog: Joining Voice North & becoming a lay representative

I first became involved with Voice North in September 2013 via the British Science Festival held in Newcastle. I went to a presentation...

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Members' Blog: A chance meeting can lead to a variety of fascinating opportunities!

A few chance meetings finally led me to VOICENorth... I took part in a LiveWell project in Gateshead. It was all about healthy eating,...

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Members' Blog: Research outside academic walls

It was a moment of jubilation when I learned that my idea for a research project, submitted to the Research in the Third Age competitio...

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Exhibition launch makes a mark on care

We welcomed artists, care home residents, carers and the public to kick off the beginning of the ‘Making a Mark’ exhibition at the Biom...

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Creating the cities of tomorrow

The University is working with global energy company, ENGIE, to explore joint projects that address challenges around ageing, smart dat...

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115 might be as old as we can get thanks to our bodies’ limits

Maximum lifespan is not rising in step with average lifespan. It could be that the human body has innate limits that prevent most getti...

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The Enterprise Challenge: Addressing the demands and opportunities posed by an ageing population

The role of Rise Up, Newcastle Careers Service, is to support students in enhancing enterprise skills and developing business ideas. It...

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NU-AGE: An innovative module to learn more about ageing

Newcastle University is internationally renowned for its research about ageing. However, much of this pioneering activity is focussed a...

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Ageing in harmony: why the third act of life should be musical

It’s never too late to pick up a musical instrument. In fact there are many reasons why it’s a great idea, particularly in old age. We...

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