About this event

  • Date and time Tue 5 Nov 2019 from 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Food and Health

This multidisciplinary meeting brings together gerontologists, geneticists, epidemiologists, odontologists and nutritionists, as we consider the implications of an ageless society. We will investigate the impact this might have on the UK population, the management of healthcare services from a sociological and a clinical perspective, and the part nutrition and lifestyle have to play.

Improved medical, social and economic factors over time have resulted in longer life expectancies. As a result, it is vital to maintain good health in ageing societies in order to alleviate the social and economic strain on healthcare systems and to improve the quality of life for individuals as they grow older. We will explore key factors in healthy ageing, including nutrition, physical activity and oral health.

In 2018, the World Health Organisation included ‘old age’ in The International Classifications of Diseases. In light of this, we will discuss whether there is a place to treat ageing as an illness or disease. Can we and, importantly, should we slow ageing?

This meeting will address issues such as the provision of services and targeted interventions in order to accommodate an ageless society, with a view to inform and change future policy as we adapt to this demographic shift.  

We look forward to welcoming Baroness Cavendish, award-winning writer and broadcaster, following the release of her book Extra Time: 10 Lessons For An Ageing World. All delegates will receive a free copy of her book, with the option of having it signed by Baroness Cavendish on the day.

Meeting objectives:

  • Explore the demographics of ageing
  • Investigate the ethical implications of interventions to slow ageing
  • Understand the genetics of ageing
  • Understand strategies for healthy ageing, including nutrition and oral health in older people
  • Discuss future NHS policy and cultural changes necessary to accommodate an ageless society
  • Reflect on new research demonstrating improved survival after stroke


We would like to thank our exhibitor(s):

Care Visions and Yakult UK

Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.

Key speakers

Camilla Cavendish

Baroness Camilla Cavendish of Little Venice

Journalist and former policy adviser to David Cameron

Speaker's biography

Camilla is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, and former head of the Downing Street Policy Unit under Prime Minister David Cameron. She joined the House of Lords in 2016. She is Chair of Frontline and was a Non-Executive Director of the Care Quality Commission.


She has recently released her first book, Extra Time: 10 Lessons For An Ageing World. Interviewing leading scientists about breakthroughs that could soon transform the quality and extent of life, she sparks a debate about how governments, businesses, doctors, the media and each one of us should handle the second half of life.

Professor Richard Faragher

Professor Richard Faragher

Professor of Biogerontology, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science and Centre for Stress and Age-Related Disease

Professor David Gems

Professor David Gems

Professor of Biogerontology, Institute of Healthy Ageing, UCL


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee

Mr Tony Mander, President, Forum of Food & Health, Royal Society of Medicine

Ageing in the 21st century: Demography, mechanisms and interventions

Professor Richard Faragher, Professor of Biological Gerontology, University of Brighton

Solving ageing

Professor David Gems, Professor of Biogerontology, Institute of Healthy Ageing, University College London

Genetics of aging or how to keep moving well into older age

Dr Sarah Rae, Consultant Rheumatologist, Bedford Hospital

Nutritional strategies for healthy musculoskeletal ageing: Animal or plant protein?

Dr Leigh Breen, Reader in Metabolic and Molecular Physiology, Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research, University of Birmingham

Exercise strategy for avoiding disability improving life expectancy and reducing healthcare costs

M Provan, Oxford JR Physio

Panel discussion

Prizing openness, or prising open the NHS? Seeking cultural change around openness through policy changes after Mid Staffordshire

Professor Graham Martin, Director of Research, Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, University of Cambridge

Determinants of the decline in mortality from stroke in England

Dr Olena Seminog, Researcher, Big Data Institute, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

Tea and coffee break
"Extra Time”: Ten lessons for an ageing world 

Camilla Cavendish, Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice, Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University 

Panel discussion
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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