Ageing research ‘guinea pigs’ mark 70-year anniversary – BBC News

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Image caption Some members of the group are now aged 96

More than 400 people in their 80 s and 90 s who have been the subjects of a decades-long research project are being reunited at an event in Edinburgh.

The group are part of an experiment to chart how a person’s belief power changes over their lifetime.

The reunion takes place 70 times to the day since many of the participants sat an intelligence test in the 1947 Scottish Mental Survey.

Some of different groups – members of the Lothian Birth Cohort 1921 – are 96.

The other group involved in the study, from the 1936 cohort, are now aged 81.

They will satisfy the University of Edinburgh researchers behind the project to celebrate expected accomplishment on the understanding of the ageing brain.

As well as regularly re-sitting mental tests, both groups have, in the recent decades, taken three-yearly medical checkup, including blood and ultrasound tests, brain scans and retina examinations in older age.

They have also reported on their diet, social background, activity and sentiments of wellbeing.

Intelligence testing

Researchers have looked at a number of mental and physical functional responsibilities the group as they grow older including remembrance, velocity of thinking, and many aspects of fitness and health.

During the reunion of the Lothian Birth Cohort, the researchers will disclose some of their key findings.

The University of Edinburgh’s Prof Ian Deary, who originated and contributes the study, told: “These anniversaries of Scotland’s national intelligence testing in June 1932 and 1947 are a lovely style to bring these special men together to celebrate what they have contributed to ageing science.

“From the start of the Lothian investigates, nearly 20 years ago, I’ve induced sure that the participants determine their basic makes before we report them.

“Of course, it’s likewise a happy occasion in which to have a good blether and to swap the amusements and sufferings of growing older.”

The project has been funded by Age UK.

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