Wellbeing and participation in older age

Lead Research Organisation: University College London

Abstract

Healthy ageing requires good objective function physically, cognitively, and socially and having a positive state of mind. Physical and some cognitive functions decline with age but psychological wellbeing does not mirror this pattern. Large studies of people from across the adult age range suggest that wellbeing is lowest among those aged around 50, higher for those aged 70 and is then either stable or slightly declining with advancing age. This programme uses data from a cohort of people born in England, Scotland or Wales in 1946, known as the National Survey of Health and Development, to identify factors that promote psychological and social wellbeing as the cohort is entering older age. We aim to explore childhood and adult circumstances and experiences that may help maintain wellbeing despite the onset of chronic disease and impaired physical functioning. There is an emerging field of research that indicates that those with higher social and psychological wellbeing may live longer and have better health than those who are socially isolated or not psychologically flourishing. We will continue to follow our birth cohort to test these theories further.

Technical Summary

Healthy ageing requires good objective function physically, cognitively, and socially and having a positive state of mind. This programme aims to determine what factors from childhood, adolescence and throughout adulthood, promote positive psychological wellbeing and social integration in older age. Since 2010, UK Government has been committed to monitoring and
understanding national wellbeing and this new programme brings a life course perspective to help improve our knowledge of how social, economic and health domains across life may act together to influence psychological wellbeing in later life. Supportive social relationships are closely related to psychological wellbeing and to morbidity and mortality and identifying ways to support the capability to remain socially integrated is also a priority. The key aims of this new programme are to:

describe social and psychological wellbeing among older people and how this is shaped by the childhood and adult social context and experiences;

assess the bi-directional links between wellbeing and biological ageing and identify what distinguishes people who maintain high wellbeing despite health or other challenges.

The programme addresses two themes and uses data from the National Survey for Health and Development (NSHD) and other longitudinal surveys. Under the lifetime social integration and ageing theme, we will develop longitudinal profiles of social integration and describe their relationship to childhood social and economic factors, and older age physical and cognitive capability and ageing biomarkers. Work, including voluntary work and caring, is a key component of integration into society and one focus of this theme. In an interdisciplinary, international collaboration, we will examine factors that promote the possibility to extend working life using cohorts from Britain and other European countries.
An emerging literature supports the hypothesis that greater psychological wellbeing is protective for cardiovascular disease, cognition and premature mortality, among other outcomes. Under the psychological wellbeing and ageing theme, we will contribute to this field and assess dynamic associations between wellbeing and indicators of physical, cognitive and cardiovascular ageing. We are also planning to include intensive measurements in daily life at future follow-up of the NSHD to assess factors from across life that may contribute to understanding the links between daily stressors and day to day variations in wellbeing.

Publications

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Stafford M (2013) Social isolation and diurnal cortisol patterns in an ageing cohort. in Psychoneuroendocrinology

 
Description CLOSER and One Plus One workshop
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Dep of Health Policy Research Programme commissioning panel
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Longitudinal data analysis course
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Increased awareness and skills of attendees in longitudinal data analysis course. Run at UCL ( jointly with Jenny head, Mai Stafford, Owen Nicholas and Amanda Sacker)
 
Description Mai Stafford Elsevier workshop about peer review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Q & A with panel of editors and breakout session · how to peer review a paper https://blogs.kcl.ac.uk/kclgradschool/tag/peer-review/. Increased skill level of researchers
 
Description Member of an expert advisory group for public health mental health knowledge products, Public Health England
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description NICE: Independence and mental wellbeing for older people - Consultation on the Draft Scope
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description NICE: Independence and mental wellbeing for older people - Consultation on the Draft Scope
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-phg65
 
Description Round table at the DWP about extending working lives project
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Wellbeing over the life course: Learning from the British cohort studies CLOSER Workshop
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Big Lottery Funding
Amount £658,000 (GBP)
Organisation Big Lottery Fund 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description CLOSER Innovation Fund
Amount £242,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 01/2018
 
Description Community Support Award - Canadian Institute of Health Research Institute
Amount $1,000 (CAD)
Organisation Canadian Institutes of Health Research 
Sector Public
Country Canada
Start  
 
Description Post doctoral fellowship CIHR
Amount $150,000 (CAD)
Organisation Canadian Institutes of Health Research 
Sector Public
Country Canada
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2019
 
Description Travel Award - Canadian Association on Gerontology
Amount $500 (CAD)
Organisation Canadian Association on Gerontology 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Canada
Start  
 
Description UCL Grand Challenges award
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 06/2017
 
Description CLOSER innovation funding 
Organisation University College London
Department Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration on research project 'Prospective associations between childhood environment and adult mental wellbeing: evidence from the CLOSER network'.Data analysis, manuscript preparation
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration on research project 'Prospective associations between childhood environment and adult mental wellbeing: evidence from the CLOSER network'.Data analysis, manuscript preparation
Impact Wood N, Bann D, Hardy R, Gale C, Goodman A, Crawford C, Stafford M Childhood socioeconomic position and adult mental wellbeing: Evidence from four British birth cohort studies. PLoS One. 2017 Oct 25;12(10):e0185798. PMID:29069091 PMC5656308
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration on social environment with University of York 
Organisation University of York
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provide expertise on epidemiology and wellbeing. Contribution includes analysis of data, sharing of information, writing and commenting on papers.
Collaborator Contribution Provide expertise. Contribution includes analysis of data, sharing of information, writing and commenting on papers.
Impact PMID:24735720
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration on social epidemiology at UCL 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provide expertise on epidemiology and wellbeing. Contribution includes analysis of data, knowledge exchange, writing and commenting on papers.
Collaborator Contribution Provide expertise on social epidemiology. Contribution includes analysis of data, knowledge exchange, writing and commenting on papers.
Impact PMID 24655926 PMID 24603009 Lacey, work family life courses paper PMID 27069516 Lacey, work family life courses and metabolic markers PMID 27563726 Lacey, work family life course and bmi trajectories PMID 27811951 Lacey RE, Sacker A, Bell S, Kumari M, Worts D, McDonough P, Kuh D, McMunn A. Work-family life courses and BMI trajectories in three British birth cohorts. Int J Obes (Lond). 2017 Feb;41(2):332-339. PMID: 27811951 PMC5309340
Start Year 2013
 
Description Collaboration with Bristol - Adversity, epigenetics and epigenetic clock (Howe,Simpkin,Intersteller) 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing NSHD data, expertise, analysis, contribution to academic papers and other research activities Topics include epigenetic clock data sharing and adversity and resilience
Collaborator Contribution Providing expertise, analysis, contribution to academic papers and other research activities
Impact Grant application successful to NIH and ESRC Member of staff appointed No cost extension applied for Symposium at Nordic Congress of Gerontology 2016 based on the findings from the project Data sharing application to NSHD for epigenetic clock variables resubmitted paper BMJ open - Mar 17 AS paper published (Epigenetic age & objective measures of physical capability - PMID:29092899 Caleyachetty R Modeling Exposure to Multiple Childhood Social Risk Factors and Physical Capability and Common Affective Symptoms in Later Life.PMID:28553793 Anderson EL Prospective associations of psychosocial adversity in childhood with risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adulthood: the MRC National Survey of Health and Development. PMID: 28882142 PMC5590112 Anderson EL Associations of adversity in childhood and risk factors for cardiovascular disease in mid-adulthood. PMID: 29102868 Anderson EL PMC5592847 Lawn RB Psychosocial adversity and socioeconomic position during childhood and epigenetic age: analysis of two prospective cohort studies. PMID:29365106 "Childhood adversity and health in adulthood: Evidence from British Birth Cohorts" SLLS conference, Stirling, UK 11-13 October, 2017. Michelle Kelly-Irving, Rebecca Lacey, Rishi Caleyachetty, Natasha Wood, Stafford M (Symposium convenor).
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with Oxford Institute of Population Ageing (TC_ 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Introducing the resilience stream of research into the group.
Collaborator Contribution Providing expertise in the area of policy and practice.
Impact none to date
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration with University of Aalborg 
Organisation Aalborg University
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosted visiting worker from University of Aalborg, advised on data analysis and manuscript preparation, provided expertise
Collaborator Contribution Sent visiting worker from University of Aalborg. Completed data analysis and manuscript preparation
Impact Ejlskov L, Wulff J, Bøggild H, Kuh D, Stafford M. Assessing the relative importance of correlates of loneliness in later life. Gaining insight using recursive partitioning. Aging Ment Health. 2017 Sep 8:1-8. PMID:28885038
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with VU Univeristy Medical Centre Amsterdam 
Organisation VU University Medical Center
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provide expertise in life course methods to visiting working as well as supervision and access to data
Collaborator Contribution Analysis of NSHD data and production of research publications
Impact Academic visit to begin data analysis
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with What works for Wellbeing 
Organisation What Works Centre for Wellbeing
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are in the early stages of collaboration but have organised seminars and workshops. We will provide access to wellbeing data from the NSHD and CLOSER research studies and provide research expertise.
Collaborator Contribution What Works for Wellbeing is a centre dedicated to understanding what national and local governments, along with voluntary and business partners, can do to increase wellbeing. They will provide expertise and advice about how best to use the findings of our research to increase wellbeing.
Impact Seminars and workshops organised
Start Year 2016
 
Description HAWL-DP3 
Organisation University of Groningen
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration to submit a Horizon 2020 application. Provide epidemiology expertise and NSHD data to the project. Contribute to grant application.
Collaborator Contribution Provide expertise and data for the grant application. Main aims are below 1. Develop novel methodologies to analyse the dynamic interplay between risk factors, health and labour force participation over the life course; 2. Identify the individual, medical, and environmental determinants in early life of common mental and physical health problems and their consequences for educational attainment and labour force participation; 3. Determine how physical and psychosocial working conditions affect healthy ageing during working careers and beyond in European countries; 4. Assess the impact of life course exposures across early and adult life on health and labour force participation in later life; 5. Assess the impact of prevention programmes and national policy measures on health, working conditions and the labour market towards sustained labour force participation and healthy ageing; 6. Synthesize these new insight into decision models for personalised support for workers with chronic health problems and into performance indicators at national and organisational level for provision of prevention programmes and institutional arrangements by policy makers, health professionals, and human resource managers.
Impact Grant application submitted to second round of Horizon 2020 call.
Start Year 2014
 
Description National Centre for Social Research, 2017-18 Action research project on community engagement in the Big Lottery Fund's A Better Start Programme 
Organisation National Centre for Social Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration on research project on community engagement in the Big Lottery Fund's A Better Start Programme
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration on research project on community engagement in the Big Lottery Fund's A Better Start Programme
Impact none to date
Start Year 2018
 
Description North Thames CLAHRC and Public Health England; Research on social relationships and health care utilisation 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research
Department NIHR CLAHRC North Thames
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration on research projects, providing advice, preparing manuscripts
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration on research projects, providing advice, preparing manuscripts
Impact First paper on social connectedness and preventive healthcare about to be submitted (end March 2018). Abstract submitted to Health Services Research conference 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description North Thames CLAHRC and Public Health England; Research on social relationships and health care utilisation 
Organisation Public Health England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Collaboration on research projects, providing advice, preparing manuscripts
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration on research projects, providing advice, preparing manuscripts
Impact First paper on social connectedness and preventive healthcare about to be submitted (end March 2018). Abstract submitted to Health Services Research conference 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description SOCCAH network 
Organisation University College London
Department Division of Psychiatry
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Monthly seminars and meetings of researchers all with an interest in social relationships and health
Collaborator Contribution Monthly seminars and meetings of researchers all with an interest in social relationships and health Carr E, Fleischmann M, Goldberg M, Kuh D, Murray ET, Stafford M, Stansfeld S, Zaninotto P, Vahtera J, Xue B, Zins M, Head J. Occupational and educational inequalities in exit from employment at older ages: evidence from 7 prospective cohorts. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2018 May;75(5):369-377. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2017-104619. Epub 2018 Mar 12. Murray ET, Zaninotto P, Fleischmann M, Stafford M, Carr E, Shelton N, Stansfeld S, Kuh D, Head J. Linking local labour market conditions across the life course to retirement age: pathways of health, employment status, occupational class and educational achievement, using 60 years of the 1946 British Birth Cohort. Social Science and Medicine in press Stafford M, von Wagner C, Perman S, Taylor J, Kuh D, Sherringham J. Social connectedness and engagement in preventive health services: evidence from an observational cohort study. Lancet Public Health 2018 Sep;3(9):e438-e446. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(18)30141-5. Epub 2018 Aug 22
Impact Monthly seminars organised and termly seminars. Stafford J, Blokland A . Awarded (mentor) a UCL Grand Challenges small grant award for "Interdisciplinary approach to research on social relationships and health across the lifespan".
Start Year 2016
 
Description SOCCAH network 
Organisation University College London
Department Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Monthly seminars and meetings of researchers all with an interest in social relationships and health
Collaborator Contribution Monthly seminars and meetings of researchers all with an interest in social relationships and health Carr E, Fleischmann M, Goldberg M, Kuh D, Murray ET, Stafford M, Stansfeld S, Zaninotto P, Vahtera J, Xue B, Zins M, Head J. Occupational and educational inequalities in exit from employment at older ages: evidence from 7 prospective cohorts. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2018 May;75(5):369-377. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2017-104619. Epub 2018 Mar 12. Murray ET, Zaninotto P, Fleischmann M, Stafford M, Carr E, Shelton N, Stansfeld S, Kuh D, Head J. Linking local labour market conditions across the life course to retirement age: pathways of health, employment status, occupational class and educational achievement, using 60 years of the 1946 British Birth Cohort. Social Science and Medicine in press Stafford M, von Wagner C, Perman S, Taylor J, Kuh D, Sherringham J. Social connectedness and engagement in preventive health services: evidence from an observational cohort study. Lancet Public Health 2018 Sep;3(9):e438-e446. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(18)30141-5. Epub 2018 Aug 22
Impact Monthly seminars organised and termly seminars. Stafford J, Blokland A . Awarded (mentor) a UCL Grand Challenges small grant award for "Interdisciplinary approach to research on social relationships and health across the lifespan".
Start Year 2016
 
Description University of Aalborg collaboration 
Organisation Aalborg University
Department Department of Health Science and Technology
PI Contribution Hosted a visiting worker in the department - supervision given as well as help with data analysis.
Collaborator Contribution Visiting worker is analysing NSHD data and will be writing up research publications and applying for grants in the future
Impact Two publications submitted, one now published.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Visiting workers on the Wellbeing Programme 
Organisation Aalborg University
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The wellbeing research programme has had academic visitors to work on aspects on the programme. The academics usually use NSHD data to look at specific topics for a specific length of time. The Unit provides the data, working environment and expertise.
Collaborator Contribution Analysis of data from the NSHD and writing of academic papers
Impact Successful submission of Masters thesis using NSHD as the basis Papers in progress
Start Year 2014
 
Description Visiting workers on the Wellbeing Programme 
Organisation Royal Free Hospital
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution The wellbeing research programme has had academic visitors to work on aspects on the programme. The academics usually use NSHD data to look at specific topics for a specific length of time. The Unit provides the data, working environment and expertise.
Collaborator Contribution Analysis of data from the NSHD and writing of academic papers
Impact Successful submission of Masters thesis using NSHD as the basis Papers in progress
Start Year 2014
 
Title New data sharing platform - Skylark 
Description Skylark is our new data sharing platform. Skylark is aimed at providing researchers with all the information they need to apply for survey data from the NSHD. Skylark is composed of two companion systems: A wiki (https://skylark.ucl.ac.uk) provides users with a detailed description of the study including all data collections across its 70+ years. The wiki includes: 1. background information about the NSHD; 2. all annotated questionnaires and other paper instruments; 3. a description of the major topics, including information on repeated measures and standard variables; 4. information about the variable search facility and guides on how to locate variables; 5. NSHD information governance; 6. a complete description of the NSHD data sharing process, including all the forms necessary to set up a data sharing agreement and submit a data access request. A variable search facility (https://skylark/ucl.ac.uk/Skylark) provides a platform to locate metadata covering more than 25,000 NSHD variables. Users will need to register, before they can log in to search for variables of interest, which can then be added to personal shopping baskets and saved. Following a successful data sharing application and satisfactory information security assessment, these baskets will then be processed by NSHD staff and the data sent out. This is different from our current data sharing platform, SWIFT, is that it is more secure, transparent and the process of data sharing will be more automated. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact We are in the testing phase, with a full launch scheduled for end of September / beginning of October. 
URL https://skylark.ucl.ac.uk
 
Description 72nd birthday card workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two workshops were held with ~20 school students (year 9 and year 13) to discuss the history of cohort studies and why they are important. Students were then asked to design a birthday card for our study members using collage. They used old memorabilia from the study. This was a collaboration between a collage artist and two historians from LSHTM. A number of birthday cards were created and two were chosen to send to our study members. As a result of this collaboration a research paper about the history of the NSHD is in progress as well as another public engagement event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Article in The Conversation : The world's longest studied birth cohort turns 70 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An article was written for The Conversation on the history of the NSHD and what the study has told us over the years. This was only the second time an article had been submitted to The Conversation. We wanted to try and reach a new audience with this article.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Bloomsbury Festival - mastery activity 
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 Activity to learn about mastery research within the NSHD. In collaboration with beautiful mess theatre. There were four blocks of tasks on different coloured cards. Each was meant to represent a route to believing you have control over your own life. The attendees had to achieve a task from each and then use those feelings (mm), to help them make a felt brooch which was their mastery talisman (they wrote something on a little piece of paper relating to what helped them feel in control then wrapped it secretly in the felt and decorated it). The idea being that wearing the brooch in everyday life would help them remember they are in control of their own lives. Questions and interest throughout the day on the topic of mastery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Green Man 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Green Man 2018 - As part of this, with funding from MRC, researchers from UCL partnered with fanSHEN theatre company to create an activity to engage the public with findings from longitudinal life course research.
The successful collaboration led to the development of "Life Course golf course"; part crazy golf, part insight into research from longitudinal cohort studies. In this activity, festival goers were recruited into the life course-themed six-hole golf course. Their caddy (research scientists) navigated them through the 'life course golf course' by discussing and describing how studying birth cohorts have helped us to understand how early life factors can affect later health outcomes.
Over 1,500 adults and children successfully progressed through the course. With an audience made up of families, teenagers and adults who wouldn't normally attend a scientific event, it presented a fantastic opportunity to share about our research in a fun and creative way.
We have had lots of positive feedback and have been approached by other universities and even the Science Museum to explore re-running the activity at future events
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/cardiovascular/research/population-science-and-experimental-medicine/mrc-unit-...
 
Description Green Man Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Green Man Festival. Scientists from the Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL wanted to tell people all about their work- a UK birth cohort study of 5000 people who have been studied by the unit ever since they were born in 1946.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust, artists helped to transform the study into 'Tangle', an activity designed to represent how scientists gather up the threads of many people's lives and weave them together to answer research questions. Festival goers were asked to contribute their data on eight variables the scientists examine, for example stress, memory, and health behaviours. Instead of filling out questionnaires, the participants got a piece of coloured fabric for each of their answers, which they wound onto a rope to create their "life course". Anything else that they thought was important in their lives they wrote onto a fabric luggage tag to share with everyone.

More than 600 people came to talk to the scientists and make their own life course, which they then used to help answer a research question: "What is most important to your quality of life." Against the backdrop of Welsh mountains a tapestry frame stood displaying various answers such as, "health", "wealth" and "music" (well, it was a music festival). The new study members threaded their own life course into the section that represented them. It soon became obvious what was most important to their quality of life.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Lecture by Elsevier executive publisher followed by Q & A with panel of editors and breakout session 
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 Lecture by Elsevier executive publisher followed by Q & A with panel of editors and breakout session
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MRC Festival of Medical Research 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Science Fair in South Cloisters with MRC LMCB and MRC Prion Unit. Our stall used a modified Green Man 2017 "Tangled"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nshd.mrc.ac.uk/news-events/recent-news/mrc-festival-2018-blog/
 
Description MRC Festival of Medical Research Exhibition 70 years of... 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The activty showcased the history of the cohorts birthday cards as well as old letters from the study and how data used to be presented. The work was presented in a gallery space in collaboration with an art student from the Univerisyt of the arts as well as the president of the UCL medical and arts society. The idea was to create an art exhibition using historical items from the study
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Mai Stafford interview with netmums - child mental wellbeing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mai Stafford interview with netmums about NSHD research about child mental wellbeing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.netmums.com/child/the-simple-things-we-can-all-do-to-raise-happier-kids
 
Description Media interest in 'Childhood Environment and Mental Wellbeing at Age 60-64 Years: Prospective Evidence from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development' paper. 
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 Media interest in 'Childhood Environment and Mental Wellbeing at Age 60-64 Years: Prospective Evidence from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development' paper.
Also featured on BBC radio 5 to discuss the paper.
Increased awareness of NSHD and the research being carried out by the Unit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Media interest in 'rise in wellbeing throughout the seventh decade of life' 
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 Media interest in 'rise in wellbeing throughout the seventh decade of life'. Press release was picked up by numerous news outlets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description NSHD 70th birthday events and media interest 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The department organised two birthday events for our study members in London and Manchester. The parties gained significant media attention (print and feature on BBC news). The study member feedback was also very positive and the events were seen as a success.

Health Study - why we owe so much to the class of '46, The Observer
BBC News at 10, Tuesday 1st March
BBC Breakfast short version, Wednesday 2nd March
BBC Inside Science, Thursday 3rd March
The Naked Scientists, Monday 7th March
A video of the London event was created by Dreaming Fish on behalf of the MRC.
The NSHD also featured on a number of local BBC radio stations on Wednesday 1st March.
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
MRC Network Magazine
MRC Life Magazine
MRC Sound Cloud https://soundcloud.com/the_mrc/mrc-talks-episode-7
Sunday People http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/douglas-babies-who-helped-shape-7634768
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-03/05/c_135159132.htm
Study member interviewed on Radio Stoke 4 March 2016 14:26
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description New story on MRC website about Einstein's garden at Green Man Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact News story on the MRC public engagement section of their website detailing the activity we took part in for the Green Man Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description New story picked up from CLOSER website mental wellbeing linked childhood 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact New story picked up from CLOSER website
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-mental-wellbeing-linked-childhood.html
 
Description Participation in round table event on Work Health and Ageing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in round table event on Work Health and Ageing organsied by the Centre for Ageing Better. About 30 were at the Roundtable.
Output was a response to the green paper on health, work and disability
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Post doc invited talk on Healthy Ageing at Leyden Academy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A post doc was invited to speak on the topic of healthy ageing as part of the EIT SPARK workshop at Leyden Academy. The most notable impact was increasing the awareness of healthy ageing result that is carried out at the MRC LHA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation at LSE conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at LSE conference "Wellbeing over the life course: learning from the British cohort studies". Talk was on "Associations between childhood environment and adult mental wellbeing. In partnership with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS). In addition to discovering what datasets and measures are currently available, delegates will find out about the latest research, and gain a first-hand insight into how use these datasets during a live methods and data demonstration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Talk at Bentham Community late event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk at Bentham Community late event at the William Morris Gallery. There were questions and debate after the presentations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Ted Talk by Helen Pearson about The Life Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Scientists at the Unit contributed to Helen Pearson's book 'The Life Project'. Helen gave a talk featureing the NSHD for TED. It has had 1,649,889 views and has increased the awareness of the NSHD and longitudinal research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ted.com/talks/helen_pearson_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_human_development
 
Description The Center for Optimal Adult Development (COAD) featured the NSHD paper 'Childhood Environment and Mental Wellbeing at Age 60-64 Years: Prospective Evidence from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Center for Optimal Adult Development (COAD) featured the NSHD paper 'Childhood Environment and Mental Wellbeing at Age 60-64 Years: Prospective Evidence from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development' on their website for one day as a featured article.
http://www.optimaladult.org/index.cfm/recent-journalarticles/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Wellbeing in your 60s media interest 
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 There was lots of media interest in a press release by the MRC featuring some preliminary results about wellbeing in your 60s. Articles featured in most national newspapers and the PI was interviewed on various radio shows.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016