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A Life Course Approach to Healthy Ageing brochure available to download

The HALCyon Research Programme has written a brochure to accompany the book 'A Life Course Approach to Healthy Ageing'.

Life course studies follow groups of people over time in an attempt to understand how we age. This brochure provides a snapshot of what they have found. If you're interested in how to keep moving, keep thinking, and keep your spirits up - all your life - please download our brochure by visiting the HALCyon website.

a life course approach to healthy ageing front cover_v_Variation_1.pngHealthy ageing is a challenge. If we can identify the factors that influence ageing, we can begin to change them. We can start to identify those at risk of poor health, and design interventions to help them, boosting our chances of longer, healthier lives.

It's happening already. Life course studies, where groups of people are studied across their lives, are offering us valuable information about the way we age, and in the process, are redefining the way we think about ageing: The way we age is not set in stone.We're not all destined to frailty and ill health. Some of the factors that influence the way we age are things that we can control ourselves, such as diet and exercise. By changing our lifestyle, we can positively influence the way that we age.

Life course studies also show us that ageing is not something that happens when we hit retirement. It happens through life, from our very first moment in our mother's womb, to our very last breath. Many of the factors that influence it act across life. Some, like what you eat as a child, can influence your health many decades later. So whatever your age, it's never too late to do something to promote good health in later life."