Our work in action
At the Dunhill Medical Trust, we have long believed that an increasingly ageing population is one of the greatest challenges we need to address. Take a look at how the projects we fund are improving our understanding of the mechanisms of ageing and age-related disease, driving improvements in public health and innovating across the social care sector.
“Vastly improved life expectancy, one of the great triumphs of the last century, looks set to be one of great challenges of this one. Between 2015 and 2020, over a period when the general population is expected to rise 3%, the numbers aged over 65 are expected to increase by 12% (1.1 million); the numbers aged over 85 by 18% (300,000); and the number of centenarians by 40% (7,000).”
“We will harness the power of innovation to help meet the needs of an ageing society.
Mission: Ensure that people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest.
We are living longer lives because of medical advances, better drugs, healthier lifestyles, and safer workplaces. A girl born in the UK today has a 1 in 3 chance of living to 100, and the chance of living to 100 will double in the next 50 years. Given this trend, it’s time to radically rethink how we respond, at each stage in life, to the way that we we support our families and communities, as well as the way that we approach work, finances, health and care, and housing.
This mission aims to ensure that people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2030, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest. Success in this mission will help people remain independent for longer, continue to participate through work and within their communities, and stay connected to others to counter the epidemic of loneliness.
The mission will help:
- support people to remain at work for longer
- build markets for consumer products and services that better met the needs of older people
- drive improvements in public health and innovate across the social care sector.”
The Dunhill Medical Trust
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