The project is informed by a number of independent working papers, developed by experts from across academia, and peer reviewed by independent academics. It has also commissioned a number of independent think pieces looking at the future of an ageing population from a local perspective. These will provide an in depth analysis of some of the issues that an ageing society will face over the next 25 years.
- The income and asset profiles of cohorts born in 1960 and 1975 and the likely adequacy of accumulated resources in supporting these cohorts in retirement
- Challenges for the retirement income market over the next few decades
- How are work requirements and environments evolving and what will be the impact of this on individuals who will reach 65 in 2025 and 2040?
- Present and future configuration of health and social care services to enhance robustness in older age
- What role can local and national supportive services play in supporting independent and healthy living in individuals 65 and over?
- Trends in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy
- Addressing inequalities in healthy life expectancy
- Emotional and personal resilience through life
- Intergenerational relationships: experiences and attitudes in the new millennium
- The barriers to and enablers of positive attitudes to ageing and older people, at the societal and individual level
- Key social and cultural drivers of changes affecting trends in attitudes and behaviour throughout the ageing process and what they mean for policymaking
- How are attitudes and behaviours to the ageing process changing in light of new media and new technology?
- What are the attitudes of different age groups towards contributing and benefitting from the wider society and how are these experienced by individuals in those age groups?
- Current and future challenges of family care in the UK
- What are the likely changes in society and technology which will impact upon the ability of older adults to maintain social (extra-familial) networks of support now, in 2025 and in 2040?
- How can transport provision and associated built environment infrastructure be enhanced and developed to support the mobility needs of individuals as they age?
- What developments in the built environment will support the adaptation and ‘future proofing’ of homes and local neighbourhoods so that people can age well in place over the life course, stay safe and maintain independent lives?
- Developing medical, fitness and wellbeing environments to maintain health and wellbeing over the life course
- How can lifelong learning, including continuous training within the labour market, be enabled and who will pay for this?
- What differences are there across the life course in learning processes, and how might public policy enhance learning capacity?
- Workplace infrastructure
- Volunteering, providing informal care and paid employment in later life: role occupancy and implications for wellbeing
- Future health trends in the north-east and how they might be supported or disrupted by policy changes
- Addressing the principle drivers and causes of health inequalities in the north-east
- What are the opportunities to unlock the potential and capital of an ageing population in the north-east?