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House of Lords invites submissions for healthy ageing inquiry

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The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee is inviting submissions for an inquiry into enabling healthier living in old age.

The Committee is seeking evidence from the areas of science and technology, including:

  • The scientific understanding of the ageing process, and how these areas of research could lead to treatments for delaying or managing the negative effects of ageing;
  • technologies that can improve health and wellbeing in old age, and technologies that can enable independent living in old age;
  • opportunities for the UK to commercialise discoveries and innovations relating to healthier ageing; and
  • the policy implications of a healthier older population.

Chairman of the Committee, Lord Patel, said: “The government wants to increase the health span of the population, which would mean that people could live independently for longer, with better health and wellbeing, and would reduce pressure on services and finances.

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“The Committee will explore how achievable the government’s aim is by looking at what treatments and technologies could be available to address ageing and ageing-related diseases, and at the scientific basis for public health advice about healthy lifestyle.  The Committee will also explore the policies that would be needed to achieve the aim of increased health span, and the policies that would be needed to support a healthier, older population.”

The Committee has invited written evidence from all interested parties by Friday 20 September 2018. The submission form is available here.

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