Relevant websites

Projects and websites relevant to the NDA programme.

Ageing Research Initiatives (international)

HelpAge International

HelpAge International has a vision of a world in which all older people fulfil their potential to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives. HelpAge International is a global network striving for the rights of disadvantaged older people to economic and physical security; healthcare and social services; and support in their caregiving role across the generations.


MOPACT was a four year project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme to provide the research and practical evidence upon which Europe can begin to make longevity an asset for social and economic development.

To achieve this aim, MOPACT concentrated the highest possible quality of scientific analyses into the development of innovative policies and approaches that can assist public authorities and other key actors, at all levels in Europe. MOPACT starts from the conviction that Europe requires a new paradigm of ageing if it is to respond successfully to the challenges of demographic change.

Ageing is currently understood as a time of decline, frailty and dependence and policy responses to it still reflect the historical era when retirement took place for a majority at state pension ages and post-retirement years were relatively short. Changes in the labour market and social behaviour coupled with a remarkable extension in longevity have transformed the experience of later life. The boundaries of frailty are being pushed back and, for a growing number of older Europeans, 70 is the new 50.


FUTURAGE was a two-year project funded by the European Commission, under the Seventh Framework Programme, to create the definitive road map for ageing research in Europe for the next 10-15 years.

The broad aims for the road map were to

  • develop a concerted approach to this highly important research area

  • promote a multi-disciplinary perspective on ageing research

  • ensure that both the research priorities and research outputs reflect the broader European goal of quality of life of citizens

ERA-AGE - European Research Area in Ageing

European Research Area in Ageing (ERA-AGE) was a four year project funded by the European Commission, under the Sixth Framework Programme.

The aim of ERA-AGE was to promote the development of a European strategy for research on ageing and, thereby, to enable Europe to gain maximum added value from investment in this field.

Canadian Institute of Health Research - Institute of Aging

It supports research that promotes healthy ageing and addresses causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation for a wide range of conditions associated with ageing.

Ageing Research Initiatives (UK)

UK Age Research Forum

UKARF is a strategic partnership between government, research councils and charities that aims to make a positive difference to the lives of older people through research. It also promotes coordination of ageing research.

Independent Age

Independent Age pledges to tackle social isolation by getting older people online.

BSG Newsletter - Generations Review

A dynamic forum for BSG members to share news; events; current research; and developments in policy and practice; and ideas about education and careers that reflects our diverse but inter-related interests in ageing.

British Society of Gerontology (BSG)

The British Society of Gerontology aims to promote the understanding of human ageing and later life through research and communication. It seeks to foster the application of this knowledge to the improvement of the quality of life in old age.

Age UK

Age Concern and Help the Aged joined forces to become Age UK, a group aiming to improve later life for everyone through information and advice, campaigns, products, training and research.

Non-Governmental Organisations (international)

International Federation on Ageing (IFA)

The IFA is a membership based network of organisations, bodies and individuals with a mission to improve the quality of the lives of older people around the world through policy change, grassroot partnerships and strengthening bridges between public and private sectors concerned with ageing issues.

Policy and Practice

Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust is a leading provider of housing, care and support services for people with sight loss in the UK. They also fund research and development on sight-loss issues, and publish reports and guidance to support those with visual impairments.

The Fabian Society

The Fabian Society has played a central role for more than a century in the development of political ideas and public policy on the left of centre. Analysing the key challenges facing the UK and the rest of the industrialised world in a changing society and global economy, the society’s programme aims to explore the political ideas and the policy reforms which will define progressive politics in the new century.

The society is unique among think-tanks in being a democratically-constituted membership organisation. It is affiliated to the Labour Party but is editorially and organisationally independent. Through its publications, seminars and conferences, the society provides an arena for open-minded public debate.

All Labour Prime Ministers have been members of the Fabian Society, while the Young Fabians have been influential in creating debate and as an arena for young people with an interest in politics to both influence and learn from influential political figures.

The Centre for Intergenerational Practice - CIP

The Centre for Intergenerational Practice (CIP), based at the Beth Johnson Foundation, aims to support the development of intergenerational practice throughout the UK and to promote an understanding of the potential of intergenerational approaches to address social issues.

DWP - Department of Work and Pensions

DWP promotes opportunity and independence for all, helping individuals achieve their potential through employment and work to end poverty in all its forms.

DH - Department of Health

DH is the government department responsible for public health issues.

Arts Together

Arts Together is an award winning charity which brings professional artists and older people together for weekly creative workshops.

Age Exchange

Age Exchange works with older people to improve their quality of life by valuing their reminiscences and giving them opportunities for wider appreciation in the form of

  • visual and performance arts projects

  • intergenerational projects

  • exhibitions

  • publications

  • documentary film

Age of Creativity

Age of Creativity is for practitioners, facilitators, artists and organisations across the UK, working in the field of arts and older people.

They believe that 'old age' is not a reason not to be an artist. For some people this will be about continuing a lifelong interest in, or even career in the arts; for others older age may represent the first opportunity to develop creative pursuits.

Research Councils

MRC - Medical Research Council

MRC is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. We support research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals, in our own units and institutes in the UK, and in our units in Africa.

ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council

ESRC is the UK’s leading research funding and training agency addressing economic and social concerns. We aim to provide high quality research on issues of importance to business, the public sector and government.

EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC is the UK Government’s leading funding agency for research and training in engineering and the physical sciences

BBSRC - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

BBSRC is the UK’s leading funding agency for academic research and training in the non-clinical life sciences.

AHRC - Arts and Humanities Research Council

The AHRC supports research within a huge subject domain from traditional humanities subjects, such as history, modern languages and English literature, to the creative and performing arts.

Resources for Ageing Research

Later Life Specialist Library

The aim of this site is to signpost the best available evidence and other key documents to support people who are making health care decisions related to Later Life.

Social Inclusion

A quarterly peer-reviewed journal, which provides academics and policy-makers with a forum to discuss and promote a more socially inclusive society. The journal encourages researchers to publish their results on topics concerning social and cultural cohesiveness, marginalised social groups, social stratification, minority-majority interaction, cultural diversity, national identity, and core-periphery relations, while making significant contributions to the understanding and enhancement of social inclusion worldwide.

The journal covers a broad range of topics, such as immigration, poverty, education, minorities, disability, discrimination, and inequality, with a special focus on studies which discuss solutions, strategies and models for social inclusion.

Resources for Older People


A website providing information on asbestos, mesothelioma, and other cancers that are caused by asbestos exposure (lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer).

Benefits and grants for older people

Details about what government help you could be eligible for. Every year in the UK, a staggering £3.7bn worth of benefits fail to be claimed by the older generation. Whilst some people might not actually need the grants and financial support, these opportunities are a lifeline to others.

Many of the benefits are means-tested and income related, but others are based only on someone’s age meaning they’re practically guaranteed. Meanwhile, other benefits provide financial help during difficult times; if you experience bereavement, for example.

Consumer guide against pension fraud

This comprehensive guide aims to educate and protect the general public against the many different pension scams and benefits fraud, and offer useful tips on what to do in case you feel you are being targeted by a pension scammer.

Housing and Care 21

Housing and Care 21 is a leading national provider of retirement housing and care services for older people, mainly those aged 65 and above.

They deliver affordable, contemporary, person-centred care and housing that meets individual needs, improves wellbeing and promotes independent living. They started life over 40 years ago as the Royal British Legion Housing Association and are a not for profit organisation with charitable status.


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Quick guide to pension income.

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