Ageing - Facts, Fears and the Future

Posted on: 19 November 2013 by Olderiswiser Editorial

Lord Winston talks about the rapidly expanding global older population and the unique challenges and opportunities it presents.

New research looking at attitudes towards ageing and the ageing population has revealed that cancer is the most feared disease in old age for the UK population, with 33% citing it above Alzheimer’s, dementia and cardiovascular disease. It also showed that 81% did not believe there would be a cure for cancer in their lifetime.

According to Macmillan Cancer Support, the proportion of people in the UK who will get cancer in their lifetime has increased by more than a third over the past 20 years and is forecast to grow to almost one in two (47%) by 2020. Interestingly, life expectancy is going up at an incredible rate of about five hours a day, which has increased the likelihood of contracting cancer.

Two-thousand members of the general public were questioned for The Astellas Innovation Debate, which this evening (Tuesday 19th November) brings together a panel of world-renowned experts at The Royal Institution of Great Britain to discuss the challenges presented by our ageing population. The theme for this year’s debate is the Age Crunch,  where minds from science, medicine, health, government, economics and media industries will come together to explore the role of innovation in combating the critical challenges of aging.

In this video, chairman of the debate, Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London explores the role of innovation in modern society, airing crucial issues, drawing positive conclusions and moving the agenda forward.

To watch the debate live visit, or follow @innovatedebate #AgeCrunch on Twitter.

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