Life assurance companies have a vested interest in working out what factors influence life expectancy. Here Norwich Union (now Aviva) share their findings to identify 15 factors which could, if their actuaries are correct, increase your chances of living longer. Some may surprise you. 

The British Society for Research on Ageing (BSRA) promotes research to understand the causes and effects of the ageing process. BSRA encourages publication and public understanding of ageing research and holds an annual scientific meeting.  

The BSRA's 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting takes place at Aston University on the 3rd and 4th of July.

The British Society of Gerontology provides a multidisciplinary forum for those interested in the situations of older people and in how knowledge about ageing and later life can be enhanced and improved.

The BSG's 2012 conference takes place at Keele University from July 11th - 13th. 

The National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People (NAPA) believes that activity should be at the heart of care for older people.

It therefore promotes and encourages research into best practice in this field, provides training and support and disseminates useful information (through a range of publications and a telephone helpline). is the website of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, a US federally registered non profit organization, with members across over a hundred countries. Its website seeks to disseminate information concerning innovative science and research as well as treatments designed to prolong the human lifespan.  

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 Published 28/03/2011, Review date March 2014