Age Watch

Would you like to increase your chances of living a long and healthy life?

If so, see how our evidence-based health information can help you. 


Here are some of the most recent health articles we've published: 

Seasonal Flu

What is seasonal flu? Seasonal flu is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses which, in the UK, occurs mainly during winter.

Ageing of the immune system (Immunosenescence)

As we age our immune system becomes less effective, and we are more likely to fall ill. Can we do anything about this, so that we stay healthier for longer?

Health Screening Tests

Our initial review suggests that many health screening tests come highly recommended (Table 1). However, some medical researchers have voiced concerns about a number of other screening tests, including the tests for breast and prostate cancer (Table 2). 


Parkinson’s disease occurs when nerve cells in the brain stop working properly and are lost over time. These cells produce a chemical called dopamine.

Cold exposure - a tool for Healthy Living

Can deliberate exposure to the cold have a positive effect on the ageing process? This article sets out some of the benefits of exposure to the cold and some of the evidence supporting those benefits.


What is dementia? What are the main types, and how do they differ from one another? Can we protect our brains against dementia?

Women and Smoking 

Are women at greater health risk from smoking? Why is this? If so, why do some women keep smoking? What difference to your health risk does it make if you give up at 30, 40 or 50?

Healthy Eating on a Budget 

What are our Top Ten shopping tips? Which foods are cheap but healthy? What other tips are there for healthy eating on a budget? 

Where do people live longest in the UK - and why?

Does your postcode really indicate how long you might live? Do we need to move home to live longer? Can we stay where we live now and find ways to improve our longevity?

A Diet that works for you 

Do we need to follow a specific diet plan if we want to lose weight? Which diet plans are the most effective? And which are also the healthiest?

Having a purpose in life

Is having something to live for good for our health? Does having a purpose in life help us live longer? What if we feel we don’t have a sense of purpose?  

Are prebiotics good for our health?

What are the differences between probiotics and prebiotics? What are their health benefits?

What happens to our brains as we get older

Our bodies change as we get older – do our brains also change? If so, is there anything we can do to compensate? Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet 

What is the Mediterranean Diet? Is it good for our bodies and our brains? 

Why is it good to keep stretching our brains?

What can I do to keep my brain healthy? How can I improve my memory? Is Sudoku good for my brain? 

The Power of Positive Thinking

Can our minds affect our physical wellbeing? If so, how can we take advantage of this to improve our mental and physical health?

Stress and Health

What is stress? Can too much stress make us ill? Might some stress keep us healthy?

Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load

What are they? Why do they matter? How can they help us make healthier food choices? 

A Good Night's Sleep

How important is sleep for our mental and physical health? Could lack of sleep even lead to dementia? What can we do to get a good night's sleep?

Memory Aids for Dementia

Can technology help people with memory problems and support their carers? This article introduces some of the newer technologies such as ‘virtual assistants’, but it also includes more traditional technologies such as specially adapted phones and medication aids. 

Artificial Sweeteners

What are artificial sweeteners? Find out more about the different types of artificial sweetener and the pros and cons of using them.

How important is our biological clock? 

Do we have a built-in body clock and if so, what makes it tick? Does it affect our sleep and what are the health implications? Here are some insights into its role.

Is status a life sentence?

We have no control over our social status at birth. Does this dictate our lives, or can we change our status? If we can, does this improve our health prospects and our life expectancy?

Why do people live longer in Japan?

How long do people live to in Japan? Can we learn any lessons from them?



Can we delay the process of ageing, so that we live longer and enjoy more years of good health? 

Health Action Campaign works to encourage this nationally, by encouraging both government and health professionals to recognise that prevention is better than cure. 

Our Age Watch project works to encourage healthy ageing at an individual level, by providing evidence-based information to help each of us see what we can do to improve our chances of living a long and healthy life.              



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