Ageing is the most significant driver of many conditions and chronic diseases – Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many more. The world’s population is getting older, and the burden of age-related disease on healthcare services and society as a whole will only increase in the coming years. Here, the US’s National Institute on Ageing lays out their broad goals for advancing the field of ageing research over the next 5 years.
Understanding the Dynamics of the Aging Process
Goal A: Better understand the biology of aging and its impact on the prevention, progression, and prognosis of disease and disability.
Goal B: Better understand the effects of personal, interpersonal, and societal factors on aging, including the mechanisms through which these factors exert their effects.
Improving the Health, Well-Being, and Independence of Adults as They Age
Goal C: Develop effective interventions to maintain health, well-being, and function and prevent or reduce the burden of age-related diseases, disorders, and disabilities.
Goal D: Improve our understanding of the aging brain, Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Develop interventions to address Alzheimer’s and other age-related neurological conditions.
Goal E: Improve our understanding of the consequences of an aging society to inform intervention development and policy decisions.
Goal F: Understand health disparities related to aging and develop strategies to improve the health status of older adults in diverse populations.
Supporting the Research Enterprise
Goal G: Support the infrastructure and resources needed to promote high-quality research.
Goal H: Disseminate information to the public; scientific and medical communities; stakeholder advocacy, community and older adult-support organizations; the media; and policymakers about research and interventions.
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