By combining existing 28 years of data on social inequalities and chronic disease with new clinical measures of cognitive function, mental disorders and physical functioning, Whitehall II has become a world-class, interdisciplinary study of ageing.

Current Research on Healthy Ageing

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Ageing is not characterised by universal decline.  Rather variations in the speed of ageing result in people of the same age becoming increasingly dissimilar in terms of cognitive capability, mental and physical health and functioning over time. 

Understanding the causes of this age-related individual heterogeneity and its distribution by social group is the core focus of our current work. In addition to providing insights into individual and social differences in the development of frailty, disability, dependence, and dementia, our work enables the determination of optimal time windows and targets for interventions that maximize the potential for healthy-ageing and independent living. Our recent research highlights are:

Cognitive Ageing
Cardiometabolic health
Physical Functioning and Mental Health
Socioeconomic and occupational stressors