Quality of Life

Thursday 19th February, 15:30 (for a 16:00 start) – 18:00.
The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), 11 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB

This event launched our new reports on social connections and wellbeing in older age. These important reports highlight the key findings of new research, undertaken by Professor Andrew Steptoe, Dr Snorri Rafnsson and Dr Aparna Shankar, identifying the aspects of social connections which are most relevant to well-being in older adults. This project wasa collaboration between UCL and ILC-UK, and was kindly funded by ESRC.

The research aims to answer a series of questions including:

  • Which aspects of social connections are associated with life satisfaction, quality of life and positive affect in older adults?
  • How does well-being change over time amongst older adults?
  • What impact do the different stages of caring have on the wellbeing of older carers?

The reports then link the findings to current policy to make a series of recommendations.

As loneliness and isolation shoot up the public agenda as a priority, this research will add a new dimension to the debate currently being played out in Government and the media. The event will include presentations from the researchers, and responses from a panel of experts, before the debate is opened up to the floor for questions. This will be followed by a short drinks reception. We would greatly value your insights into the topic at the report launch, and hope that you can join us.

Slides from the event are available below.