Arthritis Research UK Medical Research Council

‘Living Well, Ageing Well,’ – a public discussion with some of the UK’s leading experts in the field of Musculoskeletal Ageing research.

News - April 24th 2015

Professor Alan Silman and attendees at the 'Living Well, Ageing Well' public discussion, 16th April

Professor Alan Silman and attendees at the 'Living Well, Ageing Well' public discussion, 16th April

On the 16th April, members of the wider Nottingham community and local groups and organisations such as Age Concern, AgeUK, The University of the Third Age (U3A) and The Nottingham Elders’ Forum, met at the Nottingham Council House to engage in a discussion about healthy ageing with leading experts from the MRC/ Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) and the MRC/ Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research (CMAR).

Introduced and Chaired by Professor Alan Silman, Professor of Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Oxford and former Medical Director for Arthritis Research UK, attendees heard from Professor Malcolm Jackson who posed the question whether ageing meant more life or just more years, Professor Janet Lord who explained why we age, Professor John Mathers who explored how adults can be motivated for lifestyle change, and Professor Paul Greenhaff who discussed the benefits of physical activity and diet for healthy ageing. Questions and comments to the panel were then invited from the audience, with differing perspectives and opinions offered and further debate stimulated.

Dr Stephen Simpson, Director of Research at Arthritis Research UK, closed the session and reiterated the importance of supporting musculoskeletal ageing research, so that new approaches can be taken to prevent or ameliorate age-related decline and function of bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles, and clinical musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoporosis and arthritis.

A film of this session will be available to view in the near future.

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