Wednesday 31 January 2018

Public art competition – now launched!

We're delighted to launch a brand new art competition, designed to engage the public in creating thought-provoking artwork that illustrates what it means to live well with multiple conditions in later life.

The task

We invite you to create an inspiring and thought-provoking piece of artwork that illustrates what it means to live well with multiple conditions in later life. This has traditionally been a difficult area to capture, but we are positive that you will be able to take on the challenge!

Age-related health conditions

Across the globe, ageing of the population and associated multiple conditions in later life (for example, diabetes, arthritis, dementia and heart disease) has become a key issue. In Europe there are around 50 million people living with multiple health conditions and the 85+ age group is growing faster than any other.

These conditions may impact upon a person’s health, well-being and quality of life, as well as carrying the additional burden of attending multiple appointments and negotiating many different drug and lifestyle arrangements.

NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre expertise

Professor Avan Sayer, Director of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre is part of a Newcastle University team, leading on the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership on Multiple Conditions in Later Life.  It aims to look at making a difference by identifying the questions that are of greatest concern to these individuals and those who look after them.

It forms part of a wider commitment to tackle age-related conditions affecting the older person, such as sarcopenia and frailty through translational research, as part of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre which focuses on improving lives through research in ageing and long-term conditions.

For further information about the competition please visit the VOICE website