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The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) are bringing together gerontologists, geneticists, epidemiologists, odontologists and nutritionists, as they consider the implications of an ageless society. They will investigate the impact this might have on the UK population, the management of healthcare services from a sociological and a clinical perspective, and the part nutrition and lifestyle have to play.

Improved medical, social and economic factors over time have resulted in longer life expectancies. As a result, it is vital to maintain good health in ageing societies in order to alleviate the social and economic strain on healthcare systems and to improve the quality of life for individuals as they grow older. We will explore key factors in healthy ageing, including nutrition, physical activity and oral health.

In 2018, the World Health Organisation included ‘old age’ in The International Classifications of Diseases. In light of this, we will discuss whether there is a place to treat ageing as an illness or disease. Can we and, importantly, should we slow ageing?

This meeting will address issues such as the provision of services and targeted interventions in order to accommodate an ageless society, with a view to inform and change future policy as we adapt to this demographic shift.