Healthy Ageing Challenge Community of Practice
Welcome to the UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge Community of Practice, a collaborative learning community for businesses, social ventures, researchers, investors and policymakers, working across sectors, disciplines and organisational types, to connect and share knowledge and insights, in relation to healthy ageing.
Innovations emerging across the UK to support healthy ageing
Are you involved in research or developing product or service innovations which will support people to remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across the generations as they age?
About the Community of Practice
The Community of Practice welcomes everyone with an interest in sharing best practice and collaborating with the shared purpose of maximising the opportunities an ageing population brings and helping more people enjoy the benefits of leading a longer life in health.
The Community of Practice has over 1,000 members from businesses, researchers, social ventures, investors and policymakers across the UK and beyond, working across numerous sectors and disciplines.
Amongst the community, are those projects funded by the UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge (there are now over 120 funded projects).
The objectives of the community are:
- To support knowledge exchange between businesses, social enterprises and academics to accelerate their journey to impact and scale.
- To act as a catalyst for future innovation in healthy ageing by championing and supporting interest and growth in the sector.
- To provide connection and collaboration opportunities between practitioners, policy makers and investors with an interest in healthy ageing.
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Join The Community
Join the Healthy Ageing Challenge Community of Practice to hear about emerging innovations and insights in the field of healthy ageing.
What activities does the Community of Practice run?
It’s the interests of its members and emerging topics in healthy ageing that drive the activities of the community. As well as providing resources and a monthly newsletter, the Community of Practice runs a wide range of events – from informal catch-ups to workshops and webinars, to an annual conference.
The Community of Practice covers themes that represent common challenges and areas of interest to all, such as:
- Embedding co-design and maintaining engagement
- Working towards sustainability through investment and scale
- Demonstrating social and financial impact
- Tackling ageism and showcasing the positives of ageing in action
- Ensuring services reach communities where they will have the greatest impact
- Policy updates relating to ageing populations and health and social care
- How to best use data and technology to advance innovation
The community is facilitated by Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) with UKRI’s Healthy Ageing Challenge team. It also shares activities and expertise from partners from across the healthy ageing ecosystem, all to support a vibrant environment of knowledge sharing and collaboration.
About the Healthy Ageing Challenge
UKRI’s Healthy Ageing Challenge is helping businesses, including social ventures, develop and deliver services and products which support people as they age, along with the innovative business models that will help them be adopted at scale.
The projects it supports span multiple sectors including care, leisure, financial services, work, housing, digital and energy, and all are united by a shared purpose to enable people to remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across generations for as long as possible.
Find out more about the Healthy Ageing Challenge by watching this compilation of some of the Challenge’s funded projects.
Healthy Ageing Challenge Projects
Evaluating accountability platforms for care
Many developing countries have seen the expansion of private care for older adults in recent years. Often unregulated, care home sectors provide an uneven quality of care. Research by a University of East Anglia team and local partners in the Argentinian city of La Plata…
Physical activity, social connectivity and dementia
Physical activity programmes have been shown to have many benefits for people living with dementia. This research project aims to better understand the experiences and benefits of providing physical activity within dementia-friendly communities across England. It also looks at the barriers to partic
IDEAL (Interaction, Dementia and Engagement in Arts for Lifelong learning)
Working with Equal Arts, the IDEAL project helps artists and social enterprises to run interventions and activities for people living with dementia (PwD). In the form of workshops, these activities offer a creative outlet for PwD thus encouraging increased agency and sense of social identity.…
Dynamic muscle function monitoring
As people age, walking often becomes more difficult due to reduced joint and muscle health alongside changes in circulation, nerves, and lung function. Mobility is reduced which in turn increases the risk of falls and fractures, leading to loss of independent living, social isolation, and…
Healthy Ageing 2022
Catch up on any of the sessions you missed or want to watch again from Healthy Ageing 2022.
Watch on demand
Longitude Prize on Dementia: helping people with dementia retain their independence
Opens: 01/09/2022 Closes: 26/01/2023
The Longitude Prize on Dementia will drive the creation of personalised, technology-based tools that are co-created with people living with the early stages of dementia, helping them live independent, more fulfilled lives so they are able to do the things they enjoy.
Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2022
Opens: 27/10/2022 Closes: 18/01/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.
SBRI healthcare challenge: How do we improve access to information for relatives of patients?
Opens: 21/11/2022 Closes: 14/12/2022
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and other Health Boards across Wales are looking for innovative solutions to help improve access to information for relatives of patients whilst their loved ones are in hospital and reduce the demand on staff time.
Related Events and Recordings
Navigating the funding and investment landscape
10.00 - 11.30 | Online
Data driven innovation and person-centred design
13.00 - 14.00 | Online
Framing ageing and making your comms age-inclusive
23.00 - 11.30 | Online
Sourcing and using Healthy Ageing facts and figures
14.00 - 15.30 | Online
Remote co-production webinar
13.00 - 14.00 | Online
12.00 - 13.00 | Online
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for Healthy Ageing Showcase
13.00 - 17.00 | Online
UKRI Healthy Ageing Catalyst Awards - register your interest now
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UKRI’s healthy ageing challenge publishes ‘story so far’ report
Ageing populations are today’s reality and tomorrow’s opportunity, set to transform all sectors of society.
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Anyone with an interest in innovation and healthy ageing is welcome to join the Community of Practice. It's free, quick and easy to sign up. As a member you will receive information on news and updates and events from the Challenge and the wider healthy ageing sector.