Published on 03/12/2021
 Left to right: Dr James Brown, Damian Green MP and Claire Hawkins, Director of Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations, Phoenix

Dr James Brown, Damian Green MP, Claire Hawkins, Director of Corporate Affairs, Phoenix
  • Dr James Brown is a member of Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)
  • Discussion focused on how to make a smooth transition to an older society
  • Dr Brown, an expert in healthy ageing, also appeared on Channel 4’s Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds

Dr James Brown, associate professor and member of the Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) at Aston University, gave a speech on how to manage old age at an Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Dinner Discussion event at the House of Commons on 29 November. 

Dr Brown is a biogerontologist, an associate professor in ageing and metabolism and an expert in healthy ageing. He was a contributor to the award-winning Channel 4 documentary Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds, which followed a group of four-year-olds who relocated to a temporary nursery inside the UK's largest retirement village to see what benefits this could have on both age groups.

The IPT Dinner Discussion, 100 Year Life: Managing Longevity, was chaired by Damian Green MP, chair of the longevity all party parliamentary group (APPG).

In 2019, the UK had more than 13,000 centenarians. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) predicts that more than one in ten 65-years olds will live to 100. The ONS also predicts that by 2042, 24% of people in the UK will be aged 65 or older. 

In the context of the introduction of a health and social care tax in April 2022, the focus of debate was how the UK can take a long-term approach to ensure that there is a smooth transition to an older society.

Topics covered included the role of medical advances and treatments in ensuring healthier lives for longer, the implications of an ageing society on pensions and how an ageing population can be best supported through social care.

Dr James Brown said: “Increased longevity, alongside more years spent in poor health at the end of life, is one of the biggest challenges that we face as a society in the 21st century. Scientists, industry and politicians need to tackle this issue to ensure that the NHS and social care systems are capable of dealing with continued increases in longevity in the future”

IPT events are roundtable discussions which focus on a topical area of policy and ask critical questions in a balanced and inclusive way, facilitated by senior decision makers within industry and Parliament. They address the gaps in communication between the arenas of industry and Parliament and enable insight and mutual understanding between the two.

Supported by academic commentary and research, the delegates of the meeting share their perspectives and experiences of the issue to facilitate peer-to-peer engagement in a safe environment under Chatham House Rule.

For more information about the Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) please visit our website.

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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. 

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