What’s Next for Ageing Research?

Posted on 21 May 2020

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.

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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.

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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.

Goal I: Effectively steward public resources.

Click here to view original web page at www.nia.nih.gov

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