Positive Ageing Research Institute (PARI)

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Formerly Centre for Future Ageing Research (CFAR)

The Positive Ageing Research Institute (PARI) is committed to address the growing challenge of ageing populations.

Our mission is to view people as valuable assets to society regardless of age and to help them maintain independence and quality of life, whilst planning for the future and the impacts that may occur to them as a result of the physical and biological processes of ageing.

About the group

Professor Patricia Schofield, Deputy Dean of Research and Income Generation (Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education), is leading a group of experts across the university. We bring together a multi-disciplinary team from all of the faculties within ARU representing many backgrounds including medicine, nursing, technology, business and the arts who have research interest and projects in the field of ageing. We are applying for major funding to support the centre, but in the meantime we are working together to build our strengths. We are collaborating with other stakeholders such as practitioners, local authorities, industry, and voluntary organisations.

Our aim

We're bringing together experts to conduct research into supporting people as they age. Together, we'll address ageing-related issues: from improving quality of life through innovation, to fostering independent living. As well as this, we'll look at bringing greater sustainability to technology-enabled health services, in order to create business opportunities and economic growth. 

We've adopted the concept of 'triple win' from the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

The 'triple win' concept suggests the following.

  1. Improving the health and quality of life for older people.
  2. Innovating the model for health and social care towards greater sustainability and efficiency including involvement of communities and third sector organisations.
  3. Creating economic growth, employment and business opportunities.

We're looking to achieve these objectives by developing innovative technological, social and organisational solutions. These will enhance the efficiency of health and social care systems, and foster innovation and economic growth.

We are developing work packages in these areas:

  • Directory of experts
  • Recent of ongoing research grants (coming soon)
  • Relevant publications (coming soon)