6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join the Royal College of Physicians for a special free lecture, part of the season marking its 500th anniversary, reflecting on the history and future of medicine, society and health.
Sir Muir Gray looks at the future of medicine in the context of an ageing population, and examines the shift from a focus on life expectancy to healthy life expectancy.
Each year billions of pounds are being spent on regenerative and curative medicine, while the research-led hunt for an elixir of life continues. Yet a crucial question remains unanswered:
Do people really want to live to be 120?
Since 1948 expected life spans have increased from three score and ten years to more four score (80) years. Yet there is still a huge gap in life expectancy between the wealthiest and the poorest sections of society, reflecting underlying social determinants over which the NHS and health profession have little influence.
Increasingly, therefore, the focus is shifting from life expectancy to healthy life expectancy.
Underlying the debate about the impact of population ageing on society, and the NHS, is the assumption that an increase in very elderly people will mean a proportionate increase in the number of people requiring social care. What is now emerging is a new view that as a society we should no longer think of prevention simply being the prevention of disease, but also the prevention of disability, dementia, frailty and dependency.
Sir Muir Gray will argue that all of us, both healthcare providers and individuals, have to be focussed on living better longer rather than simply living longer. The evidence exists that we can do this, but that we first have to understand what is happening inside us.
Cost: Free of Charge
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More information at this website.18:00 18:00 Europe/London 500 years of medicine. The future: population and personalised healthcare Sir Muir Gray looks at the future of medicine in the context of an ageing population, and examines the shift from a focus on life expectancy to healthy life expectancy. Part of the Royal College of Physicians 500th anniversary season. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/03/27/500-years-of-medicine-the-future-population-and-personalised-healthcare-167896 Royal College Of Physicians,11 St Andrews Place,Regent's Park,London