AgeWell: Research into Wellbeing in Older Adults

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Science

Abstract

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Description Older adults are interested in hearing about research relevant to them and can be trained to interpret and be critical about research. They also provide very valuable input to projects from the participant point of view. Events such as AgeWell that this grant spear-headed are a vital part of public engagement.
Exploitation Route We now annually run AgeWell workshops for older adults and would recommend any Ageing research centre to make this valuable connection with their research participants.
Sectors Healthcare

 
Description • The conference in particular provided an opportunity for older adults, and end user organisations to become more actively engaged with research findings, and to disseminate new and ongoing research into ageing. It also provided networking opportunities for researchers and research end users to set up longer lasting links for participant involvement in future research design and practice. • Feedback from the conference from elders showed that it was successful in meeting these goals, and some of the feedback was written into the newsletter. • Further, a final session of the conference with feedback from the researchers showed that they had found the two-way discussion session very useful in terms of user input to their research, and some went on to change their research protocols for current and future studies on this basis. • The newsletter provided written feedback and details of relevant research for those unable to attend the conference due to health/disability or transport/location difficulties, thus widening the impact of the conference and of ageing research findings. • The video was placed on the AgeWell website and provides another feedback opportunity. • We are continuing to use the newsletters and video to disseminate the research presented at the conference. • Following the overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees we have secured funding for AgeWell days annually from 2011 to cover more research relevant to elders and allow for more two-way communication between researchers and participants. AgeWell days continue to be run annually, and have been used to build further the Birmingham 1000 elders network of older adults interested in research. In additional we utilise this network for PPI in future grant applications and ongoing projects including recruiting steering committee members. We also run similar public engagement events several times annually and across Europe. We now also use AgeWell and similar events spawned from this original grant as an opportunity to give students training and experience in promoting health messages to older adults, and general public engagement techniques. The AgeWell original video is used as a teaching aid to show postgraduate students how public engagement and two-way interaction can work.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Education,Healthcare
Impact Types Societal

 
Description AgeWell annual research days
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Birmingham 
Department Medawar Centre for Healthy Ageing Research
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2011 
End 10/2013
 
Description AgeWell annual research days continued
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation Versus Arthritis 
Department Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 10/2017
 
Description Dunhill Medical Trust Research Grants
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Dunhill Medical Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2015 
End 08/2018
 
Description European Commission FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network
Amount € 3,000,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2010 
End 12/2014
 
Description Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Multi-site International Training Network
Amount € 2,873,941 (EUR)
Funding ID [675003] 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2020
 
Description Public Involvement Fund for patient participant involvement in planned NIHR funded clinical trial
Amount £350 (GBP)
Organisation Research Design Service, West Midlands 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 07/2016
 
Description AgeUK 
Organisation Age UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Ageing research dissemination and contribution to newsletters and events
Collaborator Contribution Advice on dissemination; partner in EC Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie Training Network; Training in writing policy based on research into ageing.
Impact 2018 External PANINI Public Engagement Event for older adults, Feb 2018, University of Birmingham
Start Year 2016
 
Description Birmingham 1000 Elders 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Department Birmingham 1000 Elders Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We linked with Birmingham 1000 Elders to arrange the Research day. The event also recruited to the Elders group and provided a lot of research information to the group and the opportunity to shape research questions and methods.
Collaborator Contribution We linked with Birmingham 1000 Elders to arrange the Research day that this grant funded and this group provided many of those who attended and gave input and have attended annually since. The event also recruited to the Elders group so provided future research participants to all of our projects which is difficult to put a price on.
Impact ongoing participants in research projects and ongoing AgeWell days funded elsewhere. This collaboration is with a Patient Participant Involvement group.
Start Year 2011
 
Description European Commission Joint Research Centre 
Organisation European Commission
Department Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Link to University of Birmingham and relevant research
Collaborator Contribution COntribution to Horizon 2020 training network
Impact Planning of training event
Start Year 2016
 
Description UNIE KBO Netherlands 
Organisation Union Catholic Association of Older People
Country Netherlands 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Dissemination of relevant research findings and contributions to newletters
Collaborator Contribution Advice on research into policy writing; partner on H2020 training network
Impact Training network event planning
Start Year 2016
 
Description 60 seconds with Dr Anna Phillips 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A short podcast on my research including research into ageing

Increased requests for me to speak at public engagement events and to get involved in joint funding applications within and outside of my own university
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV6H7EkhaUU&list=PL92872AC1725C887A&index=10&feature=plpp_video
 
Description AgeWell newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact AgeWell newsletter about research relevant to older adults, which sparked requests to be members of the Birmingham 1000 elders

Increased requests to have annual AgeWell events for research participants
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.medicine.bham.ac.uk/healthy-ageing/documents/agewell-newsletter-feb11.pdf
 
Description AgeWell video 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact A video of the first AgeWell day was made and advertised in the AgeWell newsletter as well as being posted online

Increased requests for additional AgeWell days and to take part in research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MweQNZoZcXY
 
Description British Science Festival presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Not enough exercise, too much stress: the curse of modern living. Speaker and co-organiser at Interactive display and seminar session at the British Science Festival, Birmingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Exercising our brains, cells and muscles to fight the ageing process. http://pintofscience.co.uk/event/healthy-ageing/ Speaker and organizer at Pint of Science, Birmingham, May 2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Pint of Science public engagement interactive seminar in the pub: Speaker and organizer. Intention to broaden public awareness of the benefits of exercise for different aspects of health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hip fracture and depression in older adults. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact Hip fracture and depression in older adults. Talk at Public engagement conference about balance and falls aimed at older adults, University of Birmingham, June 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/sport-exercise/news/2016/Control-of-Movement-and-Active-Ageing-O...
 
Description How can Christmas make you ill? Invited talk at Café Scientifique Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 50 members of the public attended an informal talk and engaged in questions and discussion about stress, immunity, ways to improve immunity, effects of ageing on immunity.

Increased readership of written publications in this area and related lay summaries published online as well as increased interest in research being conducted at University of Birmingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description How stress affects your health. Speaker at Headway, Birmingham - Action on Brain Injury week, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact How stress affects your health. Speaker at Headway, Action on Brain Injury week, Birmingham, May 2015. Talk to individuals who have experienced brain injury about stress and its impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description How to live longer - the experts' guide to ageing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Article on How to live longer - the experts' guide to ageing in the Observer http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/sep/08/how-to-live-longer-experts-guide-ageing An interview with the media generating a large newspaper article in the Observer, giving general public engagement to the general population about ageing and its impact on health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/sep/08/how-to-live-longer-experts-guide-ageing
 
Description Interactive display and seminar session at the British Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact over 100 adults attended this session which sparked interest and discussion on the effects of stress and exercise on health

increased media interest
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Lengthening healthy life: the PANINI project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Whittaker, A.C. (2017). Lengthening healthy life: the PANINI project. Science Impact, October 2017, 60-62. Article
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Levels of antibodies in saliva are associated with risk of mortality. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Levels of antibodies in saliva are associated with risk of mortality. Media engagement, e.g., the Times, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Science Daily etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151223221330.htm
 
Description Loneliness and isolation, can it affect your immunity? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Loneliness and isolation, can it affect your immunity? Speaker at Dudley Age Alliance - Public engagement for older adults and practitioner, charities and health care providers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Loneliness and isolation, can it affect your immunity? Speaker at Dudley Age Alliance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact Loneliness and isolation, can it affect your immunity? Speaker at Dudley Age Alliance - Public engagement for older adults. Invited by a member of the Birmingham 1000 elders cohort which was revamped at the original AgeWell meeting funded by this grant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Morning vaccination is better for older adults. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Morning vaccination is better for older adults. Radio and TV Interviews for Naked Scientist and BBC World News, plus lots of other media nationally and globally e.g. the Guardian, NY Times, BBC Health, the Telegraph, Reuters, Huffington Post, Radio WM, O Globo, Times of India
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2016/04/vaccinations-more-effective-in-the-morning.aspx
 
Description Openaccessgovernment article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Whittaker, A.C. (2018). Physical Activity and Nutrition Influences In ageing: PANINI. Openaccessgovernment.org online magazine for policy makers, February 2018, p46-47. Article
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=100e4...
 
Description PANINI Public Engagement Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PANINI Public Engagement Event for older adults, Feb 2018, University of Birmingham. Interactive demos at public engagement event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description PANINI Public Engagement Event for older adults assessing the relationship between healthy ageing guidelines knowledge with frailty and physical function, 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Event measuring knowledge and then testing its association with physical performance in older adults, Vriije University, Amsterdam
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public Health England's 'Every mind matters' mental health campaign and 'One you' website package 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Expert on Stress in public health England mental health campaign online information and resources
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-mind/stress/
 
Description Speaker at Bright Club - Public engagement with Science event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Speaker at Bright Club - Public engagement with Science event. Comedy presentation of science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK2BNCguX8w
 
Description Stress and healthy ageing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Pint of Science public engagement talk, Island Bar, Birmingham, May 2018, >40 audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stress and healthy ageing. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Stress and healthy ageing. Invited talk for the Laughter Yoga Association, October, Birmingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Stress, caregiving and healthy ageing, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Psychologists in the Pub public engagement talk, Bath
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The importance of good relationships for staying healthy. The Conversation, 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The importance of good relationships for staying healthy. The Conversation, http://theconversation.com/good-relationships-keep-you-healthier-for-longer-26549 Article based around research on psychological factors and health in older age as a general public engagement with science article in a public engagement forum
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://theconversation.com/good-relationships-keep-you-healthier-for-longer-26549