From presentations to panels, workshops, live in-person demonstrations and networking, there’s something to engage and inspire everyone at Healthy Ageing 2022. Review the full session line-up below and create your own personalised agenda.

09:20 - 09:30

Welcome to Healthy Ageing 2022

Get to know your fellow delegates

09:30 - 10:00

Healthy Ageing in 2022

Heléna Herklots, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales
George MacGinnis, Healthy Ageing Challenge Director
Elaine Unegbu, Chair, Age Friendly Manchester Older People’s Board

Helena HerklotsGeorge MacGinnisElaine Unegbu
10:00 - 10:30

Keynote and Q&A: What's happening with population ageing?

Sarah Harper, Clore Professor of Gerontology, University of Oxford

Sarah Harper is Clore Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, a Fellow at University College, and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. Among her many prominent roles Sarah served on the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, and she chaired the 2016 Foresight Report on the Future of an Ageing Population which underpinned the investment in healthy ageing. Sarah will look at post-pandemic demographic trends and why population ageing remains a key societal challenge.

Sarah Harper CBE
10:30 - 10:50


Breakout 1

10:50 - 11:40

Panel: Keep on moving: Innovative interventions for community health and wellbeing

Chair: Roy Sandbach, Former Director, National Innovation Centre for Ageing, Newcastle University
Sian Stevenson, Creative Director, Moving Memory
Amy Swan, Creative Director, Active Families
Kelly Brougham, Business and Operations Director, Active Families
Rebecca Hadley, Research Fellow, University of Hertfordshire

Keeping people fit as they age is vital, but not easy. We need a movement for health & wellness that enrols people in local communities and there’s still work to do. This panel brings together inspirational practitioners who are making a difference and not just talking about it! They will share their work and give us all their insights on ‘living fitter for longer’.

Kelly BroughamRebecca HadleyRoy Sandbach OBESian StevensonAmy Swan

Panel: Perspectives of our homes and communities as we age

Chair: Jeremy Porteus FRSA, Chief Executive, Housing Lin
Alison Bowes Professor of Sociology, University of Stirling / PI, DesHCA project
Nick Devitt, Head of Design, Rural Design Centre Ltd
Laetitia Cailleteau, Data & AI Europe Lead, Accenture

Learn about the design of homes for healthy cognitive ageing from the findings of a major research project (DesHCA) which has gathered perspectives about how people view their homes as they age. Discover how these findings are being used to inform the design of new-build and retro-fitted homes. Find out how another project is designing community focused, low cost, energy efficient, desirable single-story housing for older people in rural communities. 

Professor Alison BowesLaetitia CailleteauNick DevittJeremy Porteus FRSA

Workshop: Participatory Methods for Inclusive Co Design (in-person only)

Professor Helen Manchester, University of Bristol / PI, Connecting Through Culture As We Age
Dr Alice Willatt, Senior Research Associate, University of Bristol
Dr Stuart Gray, Researcher in Human Computer Interaction, University of Bristol

This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to participatory methods that aim to put the lifeworlds and lived experiences of older adults at the heart of a co-design process. It will draw on methods that have been developed over the past two years while working with older adults from minority communities on the Connecting Through Culture as We Age project.

Dr Stuart GrayHelen ManchesterDr Alice Willatt

Breakout 2

11:50 - 12:40

Panel: Inclusive co-design - unlocking innovation with people

Chair: Alex Mitchell, Programme Manager, VOICE and Strategic Partnerships at NICA
Professor Sarah Kettley, Chair of Material and Design Innovation, University of Edinburgh
Dr Aida Suarez Gonzalez, Clinical Neuropsychologist / PI, Making Reading Real
Dr. Daniela Mercado Beivide, Director of Content, Research and UX, Holly Health

In this session three projects share their unique and inspiring co-design journeys. They found that how people use technology is never quite what you expect it to be, and that co-designing with participants has solved problems. Discover how a matrix of carefully curated co-design activities and tailored co-design pathways shapes innovative concepts into viable solutions.

Sarah KettleyDr. Daniela Mercado BeivideAlex MitchellAida Suarez Gonzalez

Panel: Mind the Care Gap - The Research, The Reality, The Future

Chair: Madeleine Starr MBE, Director of Business Development & Innovation, Carers UK
Dr Caroline Green, Social Care Researcher, KCL / PI, Upskilling Unpaid Carers
Naomi Soneye-Thomas, Team Member, Upskilling Unpaid Carers, lived experience of caring
Richard Howells, CEO, Bronze Software Labs / Founder, Tribe project

The social care system in the UK is under unprecedented stress. Despite years of public debate, policy initiatives and investment the reality on the ground is a system under relentless pressure with little sign of improvement. Starting with the bald facts, this session will look at the lived experiences that have driven a commitment to finding solutions, explore the challenges of bringing innovations to scale and consider the radical approaches needed to overcome them.  

Dr Caroline GreenRichard HowellsNaomi Soneye-ThomasMadelaine Starr

Panel: Diverse Angles: Single Ambition

Chair: Helen Crampin, Innovation Lead, Healthy Ageing Challenge
Clara Sbraccia, Project Manager, Kymira
Emelia Funnell, Sport Science Research Lead, Ida Sports
Owen Wright, Innovation Consultant, VOICE
Dr Sharon Dixon, Associate Professor of Biomechanics, University of Exeter

This panel shares their collaborative journey from concept, through to research, to the creation of a service innovation which has an ambition to scale to revolutionise how we approach sports footwear for the over 50s, particularly for women. We discover how the multi-disciplinary team has worked together to tackle the challenge from all angles and provide a model for multi-disciplinary approach to a single challenge.

Helen CrampinDr Sharon DixonEmelia FunnellClara SbracciaOwen Wright
12:40 - 13:50

Lunch, networking and posters

13:50 - 14:00

Post lunch energiser

14:00 - 14:30

Collaborating to improve health and social care and promote healthy ageing

Chair: Anna Dixon, Chair Archbishops’ Commission on Reimagining Care
Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair, NHS Confederation
Cllr Rosemary Sexton, Deputy Chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board

How can the health and social care system work together to ensure a truly person centred approach in later life? Our keynote speakers provide unique perspectives on the drive for closer integration of NHS and local government services, from early intervention through to social care reform. They will touch on the role of innovation in helping people as they age to remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across the generations for longer.

Lord Victor AdebowaleDr Anna DixonCllr Rosemary Sexton
14:30 - 15:15

Ageism in 2022 and its impact on innovation

Chair: Paul McGarry, Head of Greater Manchester Ageing Hub
Carole Easton, Chief Executive, Ageing Better
Dr Hannah Swift, Senior Lecturer / Project Lead, Re-dressing Ageism in Fashion
Mehbs Remtulla, Founder and CEO, What’s neXT?! 

Ageism is pervasive and often hiding in plain sight, impacting everything from how we live and work through to how we relate to one another. Much has been said about the economic opportunities arising from an ageing population, yet it remains a difficult environment for innovation. Our panel will consider the state of ageism in 2022, highlight how some innovators are making inroads. 

Carole EastonPaul McGarryMehbs RemtullaHannah Swift
15:15 - 15:30

Grab a coffee and move to the breakouts



Breakout 3

15:30 - 16:20

Panel: Overcoming challenges in the Fitness and Leisure Sector

Chair: David Sinclair, CEO, International Longevity Centre UK 
Jon Hymus, Commercial Director, Innerva
Kenny Butler, Head of Health and Wellbeing, UK Active
Rebecca Phillips, Strategic Lead for Health and Wellbeing, Everyone Active
Professor Mike Hurley, Escape Pain & Research Lead, School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Andrew Bennett, MSK National Clinical Director, NHS England

The evidence is clear that being active is beneficial, yet the fitness and leisure sector is battling against strong headwinds to attract older adults to participate. The panel will share their experience of raising the profile of exercise as a viable alternative treatment for a range of conditions, and the role that the sector can play in delivering the on promise of social prescribing while accessing hard-to-reach communities with their services. 

Andrew BennettKenny ButlerProfessor Mike HurleyJon HymusRebecca PhillipsDavid Sinclair

Panel: Medicines management by choice, not rota

Chair: Julia Glenn, Design Innovation Lead, Healthy Ageing Challenge
Issa Dasu Patel, CEO & Cofounder at CONNECT Care
DeeDee Wallace, Health & Care Innovation Lead at Oxfordshire County Council
Sally Steele, Home First System Lead, NHS Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, & Berkshire West ICB

For too long, we have lived in a world where health & care is done to us rather than with us. That’s finally changing, catching up with people’s expectations. Despite medicines being the most common intervention in healthcare, they’ve lagged behind in this transformation, at the cost of people’s independence. This panel explores a high profile project being carried out in Oxfordshire at the intersection of health, social care, and pharmacy to radically rethink the medication support pathways. Helping people in the community as they age: positively, actively, independently, and with dignity.

Julia GlennIssa Dasu PatelSally SteeleDeeDee Wallace

Workshop: The Digital Future You (in-person only)

Facilitator: Jane McDermott
David Alexander, CEO, MyDex
Chris Ward, Innovation Lead, UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge

Everyone has encountered frustrating and repetitive data collection. This only gets worse as you get older and have to navigate the complexities of the NHS, social care, financial advice, utilities, and more. Even more so if you want to delegate responsibilities to family, friends and professional carers. This facilitated workshop session paints a picture of how person-centric data could work and will help delegates consider the design of the digital future you.

David AlexanderJane McDermottChris Ward
16:20 - 16:30

Networking Break

16:20 - 16:25

Return to the Main Plenary

16:25 - 16:30

Energising Activity

16:30 - 17:10

Plenary: International Perspectives on Innovating for Impact

Chair: Lynne Corner, Director, VOICE / COO, UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA)
Naiara Artaza Aristondo, Head of NIC / Adviser, Cabinet Office of the Government of Biscay
Danielle Duplin, Cofounder, Global Executive Director for Agetech Innovation at AGENCY

We are not alone! Ageing populations are a global phenomenon that brings with it a global opportunity to enable people to age healthily. Our speakers will share their experience of helping innovators in the USA and Spain find their route to impact. How have they been able to build successful businesses that deliver on a mission to make a difference, and what are the business models that underpin their success?  

Naiara Artaza AristondoLynne CornerDanielle Duplin
17:10 - 17:20

A look forward

George MacGinnis, Healthy Ageing Challenge Director

George MacGinnis
17:20 - 19:00

Drinks and healthy nibbles

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