THOUSANDS TO SHAPE 8 MILLION AGE-FRIENDLY DESIGN PROJECTS.

Source: EPSRC
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Over 5,000 people are to contribute their views, experiences and even their brain wave patterns to help shape the future design of our towns, cities and care homes so they meet the needs of older people. Seven new research projects, that help older people to get around, enjoy and interact with the world more easily, through improved design of the built environment, have received an injection of £8 million funding from three of the country’s research councils.Announcing the funding of just over £8 million, Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, said: “We need to do everything we can to meet the needs of our ageing population. These research projects will involve thousands of volunteers and draw on the expertise of Britain’s leading universities to help older people live more healthily, happily and independently.” As part of a joint research council programme Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW), three of the UK’s research councils, led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), issued a call for research proposals (Design for Wellbeing: Ageing and Mobility in the Built Environment) in May 2012. These projects are the results of that call.

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