Developing interventions to enhance health and wellbeing in later life

The LiveWell project is managed by a multidisciplinary team with expertise in relevant research areas such as Human Nutrition, Social and behavioral epidemiology, Behaviour Change, Movement Science, Exercise Physiology, Social Sciences, Cognitive function and Mental Health, is working to develop more effective interventions to promote health and wellbeing in later life.

We are also working towards developing tools to measure the healthy ageing phenotype. LiveWell will develop interventions for people who are close to and just after retirement, and their partners. 

Retirement from the workforce is a major life event that can impact on many areas in life.  For instance, changes in the finances, routines, and responsibilities of retired people and their households can lead to changes in diet, levels of physical activity and the amount and quality of social interaction. This makes retirement a 'window' of opportunity in which major changes in health related behaviours can occur.  With the right help and support, retirement can therefore be a start of a new life stage in which new, healthier habits and lifestyles are adopted, setting the scene for a healthier and happier future.

LiveWell is a research programme lead by Professor John Mathers and a team of Principal Investigators at Newcastle University.