Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)
For some people, the thought of growing old is worrying. Here at Aston, we say that's the wrong way to think about ageing; the way to a long and fulfilling life is to maximise your healthy lifespan.
Last week, we held a showcase event to tell older people, community leaders, other academics, and business people how. For here at Aston University where I work, there's a great deal of stuff going on that can make a big difference.
Two things that struck me were, first of all, how many people want to get involved in what we do at ARCHA. Many of the academics here at Aston need volunteers to participate in their studies, and folk were queuing up to answer questionnaires, participate in driving simulators and have their body composition measured.
The second thing that seemed to inspire the audience was the multidisciplinary nature of what we do. We have experts in biology, chemistry, pharmacy, optometry, engineering, psychology, sociology and economics all working together to tackle questions that impact the everyday lives of older adults.
If you, or someone you know, would like to get involved, please go the ARCHA website.