Dignitaries Join To Celebrate Thirty Years Of Research Into Ageing

Help the Aged research combating health conditions that adversely affect older people received a boost on Friday 6th October, when the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP and other dignitaries came together at the prestigious Chatsworth estate in Derbyshire.  The dinner event celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Help the Aged biomedical Research into Ageing programme.

All proceeds from the event will help Research into Ageing fund scientific studies across the full spectrum of conditions affecting older people, including conditions that desperately need more investigation such as incontinence, the immune system and muscle strength. 

Funding is critically important because the number of UK people over 65 is expected to rise from 10 million to 25 million in the coming 25 years, with science unlocking their potential to live full and healthy lives.
Dr Lorna Layward, Research Manager at Help the Aged, said: ”Little funding is available for research into most of the health conditions associated with older age.  The Help the Aged biomedical Research into Ageing programme aims to improve the situation.  We are proud to launch at this event our 30th Anniversary Appeal, aiming to increase our funding for science from £2m to £3m over the coming year. 

“We hope everyone who attended the event and all our supporters, both new and old, will join together in helping make this Appeal a success, for the sake of future generations and the older people of today.”

Leading scientists Professor Tim Skerry and Professor Janet Lord presented at the event, focussing on both mental and physical frailty and how research funded by Research into Ageing has enjoyed many successes and helped thousands of older people.