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Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW) funding has enabled researchers to deliver projects that have informed policy and practice, improved understanding of ageing, developed interventions that have improved quality of life for older people and has increased the UK's capacity to perform ageing research.

You can read about the impact LLHW has had on researcher's careers and on people's lives here.

LLHW People: How has LLHW supported the careers of researchers?

LLHW researchers talk about their experience of multidisciplinary research and how this has influenced their careers.

Professor Philip Rowe

Philip Rowe is Professor of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Strathclyde. His LLHW-funded research project, envisage, used innovative visual technologies in rehabilitation practice to promote independence among stroke, falls and joint-replacement patients.  Read the full Q&A (PDF, 64KB) to learn more about Philip’s career and his work on envisage.

Professor Paula Moynihan

Paula Moynihan is Professor of Nutrition and Oral Health and Director of the Centre for Oral Health Research at Newcastle University. She was involved in the LiveWell Programme, a multi-disciplinary project looking at interventions to promote healthy ageing in later life. Read the full Q&A (PDF, 22KB) to learn more about Paula’s career.

Professor Ian Deary

Ian Deary is Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh and Director of The University of Edinburgh Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE). Ian’s research interests include the origins of cognitive differences and the effect that ageing and illness can have on mental skills. Read the full Q&A (PDF, 60KB) to learn more about Ian’s career and CCACE.

Dr Laura Greaves

Laura Greaves is a Senior Research Associate at the LLHW Centre for Ageing and Vitality at Newcastle University. Her research interests include the effect of mitochondrial mutations on intestinal stem cells and the molecular contribution of nutrition and exercise to healthy ageing. Read the full Q&A (PDF, 70KB) to learn more about Laura’s career.

LLHW Projects: How has LLHW funding made an impact?

The envisage project

Professor Philip Rowe, University of Strathclyde; 
Professor Alastair Macdonald, Glasgow School of Art; 
Professor Lynne Baillie, Glasgow Caledonian University. 

The envisage project visualised biomechanical data for patients and their therapist to improve the outcome of rehabilitation for interventions in stroke, falls and joint replacement patients. The team developed 5 exemplars to demonstrate and provide visual feedback to patients to improve understanding of the rehabilitation process.

The team incorporated user input into the design of the technology to ensure acceptability among patients. Five feasibility trials took place in the NHS and the project underwent qualitative and quantitative evaluation. It received positive results from trial participants and now has the potential for clinical adoption.

​The project won the 2013 Showcase Translating Research Presentation Prize.

Read the full case study to learn more about envisage (PDF, 1.02MB)

Project ACE: Active, Connected, Engaged

Dr Afroditi Stathi, University of Bath

Project ACE was a pilot study to develop and evaluate an intervention to promote physical activity in older people through peer volunteering. Retired volunteers were trained as ‘ACE activators’ and provided recipients with guidance and support to become more active locally. Since development, the ACE intervention has been adopted by LinkAge, a Bristol-based charity tackling loneliness and isolation in older people through a number of beneficiary-led hubs across the city. LinkAge delivers the ACE intervention in a number of existing LinkAge hubs with a longer term view of expanding it out across the city. The ACE team and LinkAge worked in partnership to deliver on-going formal evaluation of the intervention, further building the existing database of participants and refining the intervention.

ACE will continue to be used by LinkAge to ensure ongoing support and benefit for existing participants. In addition, LinkAge will roll out the intervention to older people who weren’t part of the programme but who requested this type of targeted intervention. The ACE intervention may also be adopted by other organisations focusing on the health and well-being of older people.

Read the full case study to learn more about ACE (PDF, 1.71MB)

Delbox and Delapp

Researchers at the LLHW Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Epidemiology (CCACE) and the Edinburgh Delirium Research Group, at the University of Edinburgh, developed a new, quick and simple method for diagnosing delirium. Together with the company, Eagle Designs, they designed a computerised testing device, known as ‘Delbox’, which could be used to detect delirium using simple visual tests. Delbox was the first computerised test specifically designed for detecting delirium.

The team at CCACE took this diagnostic test one step further by designing a prototype software application for smartphones, known as Delapp. Both Delbox and Delapp were found to successfully diagnose delirium in older hospital patients, and will underpin future development of licensable software.

Read the full case study (PDF, 520KB) to learn more about Delbox and Delapp.

If you are a LLHW researcher and would like to tell us about the impact of your project, please email llhw@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk