How can people remain healthy into old age and continue to take part in the life of society? In view of demographic trends, this is a highly relevant challenge in terms of health science and socioeconomics. Until now, ageing research in Germany has concentrated on understanding and treating diseases associated with ageing. By contrast, the Leibniz Research Alliance on Resilient Ageing takes a health-oriented view, pursuing a paradigm shift towards researching mechanisms that will allow people to remain as functionally healthy as possible, despite advancing ageing processes, so that they can continue to play a part in life physically, mentally and socially into old age. The research of resilience mechanisms in old age focuses on investigating adaptive plasticity phenomena and metabolic processes during ageing.
The idea is to bring together highly complex research data from a wide range of areas within the institutes and to make it usable with the help of a joint digital analysis platform. Researchers from the fields of medicine, psychology, the natural sciences, sociology and economics bring their own perspectives to the interdisciplinary alliance.