Agewell 2016

Agewell is our chance to say a big thank-you to all the members of the Birmingham 1000 Elders group for all the support given to all our research projects over the last year. It is also our way of feeding back to you our research results and to offer you the chance to take part in interactive sessions focusing on healthy ageing.

This years event will took place on Thursday the 1st of September 2016, Medical School, University of Birmingham (10:30 am to 4:00 pm). The day was structured as follows:

10:30 am – Registration and practical session sign-up
11:00 am – Welcome and Research Talks
1:15 pm – Buffet Lunch
2:00 pm – Practical Sessions
4:00 pm – Close

Speakers and Sessions

Following a warm welcome delivered by Professor Janet Lord, we heard four talks from four world-leading academics which included Dr Stuart Richie, Professor Deborah Hall, Dr Thomas Jackson, and Professor Janet Lord.

Dr Stuart Richie, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Cognitive Ageing at the University of Edinburgh. He talked about “Insights into cognitive ageing from the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936” (view presentation file). The Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 is a unique, long-term study of ageing in a group of Scottish older people. In this talk, Dr. Stuart Ritchie discussed some of the intriguing new findings from the study, relating to the brain, genetics, and which aspects of our health and lifestyle might have the largest impact on keeping us mentally sharp in old age.

Professor Deborah Hall is the Director of the NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit where she leads research projects on tinnitus and translational neuroscience. Deborah graduated from the University of Birmingham with a PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology in 1996. Professor Deb Hall talked about tinnitus and how it can be managed. Tinnitus is a common medical symptom that can be debilitating for some people.  One of the main risk factors is hearing loss which means that tinnitus is more common in older adults.  Although much research is underway into the mechanisms of tinnitus and possible treatments, no effective curative treatments are available.  In this talk Professor Deb Hall discussed some of the latest research findings on how tinnitus symptoms can be managed and described some new clinical trials that explore novel drug therapies. View Deborah’s presentation here!

Dr Thomas Jackson is a geriatrician and clinician scientist.  He investigates cognitive disorders in general hospital settings (delirium and dementia) and how these affect both long term cognitive outcomes and the link with the ageing immune system.  He works in the Immunity and Ageing (Immunesenescence) research group within the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing here at the University of Birmingham. You can view a copy of his presentation here, the video he showed within his talk is also available via You Tube.

Dr Emma Parry, Consultant Older Adult Psychiatrist spoke about Depression in Older Age – . view her presentation here.

In the afternoon we had an interesting array of practical sessions lined up including firm favourites Laughter Yoga with Merrie Maggie, joint scanning, and chair-based exercise taster sessions by Move it or Lose it, as well as some new sessions on nutrition, barefoot walking, and respiratory health. There was also a chance to talk informally with our researchers and even sign-up for a forthcoming research study.


Agewell 2015

Last years event was the biggest and best to date with 200 people attending. View the photographs from last years event held on  Thursday the 10th of September 2015. You can also read the Agewell 2015 newsletter – Age Well 2015 Newsletter. The Agewell 2014 Newsletter is also available.