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Demographic trends in global ageing are changing rapidly. 

In 2018, for the first time in history, people aged 65 years or above outnumbered children aged under five. There are huge opportunities and challenges which, as a society, we are only just beginning to understand and explore. 

Our researchers are working across disciplines and with our partners from communities, business and the public sector. 

Our work includes: addressing health and social care ageing issues, designing appropriate living and working spaces, developing policies to accommodate an ageing workforce, and exploring changes in the arts and culture.

Healthy Ageing - Visions for our Futures 2020

Explore a range of recorded talks and webinars which address many of the issues around healthy ageing, and draw on the knowledge and expertise of our Oxford Brookes staff, our academic, business, public and voluntary sector partners, and our local communities.


Need for a National Independent Living Strategy for our Ageing Population

Wednesday 8 February 2023

Join Prof Roy Sandbach, and an expert panel, to discuss a National Independent Living Strategy for our ageing population. Why don’t we have one? And how can we all work together to create one, with technology innovation as a key enabler? Our panel includes:

Dr Melanie Henwood OBE FRSA, Institute of Public Care, OBU

Dr Paul Jackson, Business, OBU

Dr Johnny Collet, Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation, OBU

Penny Thewlis,  Age UK Oxfordshire

Sarah Harper

Celebrating International Day of Older Persons

Friday 1 October 2021

October 1 each year is the International Day of Older Persons, organised by the United Nations. To mark the occasion we were delighted to host a seminar by Sarah Harper CBE, Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, at the University of Oxford.

Sarah's presentation on Making ourselves and our communities more resilient to ageing clearly explained the implications of demographic trends, the impact of Covid-19 and made recommendations for ways to simultaneously address ageism and improve health and wellbeing. We are looking forward to working more closely with Sarah and colleagues on these issues. 

Dr Karla Zimpel-Leal

New models of care at home: what do they offer and implications for care workers

Friday 8 October 2021

See the video recording of Dr Karla Zimpel-Leal talking about the findings of her research examining emerging models of homecare in England and the implications for the care workforce. 

Utilizing the Business Model Canvas, this study investigated five case studies with homecare providers using semi-ethnographic methods. 

Dr Karla Zimpel-Leal is Senior Lecturer in Innovation & Enterprise at Oxford Brookes Business School and a Visiting Fellow within the Sustainable Care Programme, at the University of Sheffield.

Digital Skills to connect during Covid-19

Digital Skills to connect during Covid-19

Friday 15 October 2021

Watch the video recording of John Kiernan discussing recent research on skills and support for digital connectivity. John Kiernan is Innovation & Change Officer at the Centre for Ageing Better. 

The Centre for Ageing Better is a charitable foundation and want everyone to enjoy a later life. They create change in policy and practice informed by evidence and work with partners across England to improve employment, housing, health and communities.

Photo by Peter Kindersley, Centre for Ageing Better image library.


Photo by Mark Epstein

6 September 2021

Lessons from Covid-19 for the role of the voluntary sector in the NHS

The Healthy Ageing and Care network funded a pilot project in Oxfordshire (January to July 2021) which explored the lessons that can be learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic, for the role of the voluntary sector in ‘Integrated Care Systems’. Integrated Care Systems (ICS) are a long-term aim of the NHS and bring together different stakeholders, including the voluntary sector, local authorities and the NHS to provide more effective health and social care. ICSs will become statutory bodies in England in April 2022, and have already been introduced in some areas, but they are relatively recent in many places, and research is needed to examine how stakeholders can work together more effectively for better health outcomes. Photo by Mark Epstein

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