Art show puts ageing in a positive light

The process of successful ageing is being highlighted in an art exhibition at the University.

A series of images of people taking part in a major scientific study into the mental and physical aspects of ageing features in a 48 hour exhibition at the University’s InSpace Gallery in Crichton Street.

Transformations - Life Portraits by artist Linda Kosciewicz-Fleming is based on the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936, a group of individuals who were born in 1936 and took part in the Scottish Mental Survey of 1947.

Physical and mental functions

Psychologists at the University have spent 6 years studying the ageing of the 1091 people in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 - now in their early 70s.

The researchers have looked at a number of physical and mental functions of the group as they grow older, including memory, speed of thinking, many aspects of fitness and health, eyesight and blood composition.

As the study progresses the researchers hope to form a clearer picture of why some people age better than others.

There is a lot of common wisdom but it’s important to find scientifically validated factors that contribute to successful ageing. In our ageing society more people are living longer and more people want to live longer well – this exhibition reflects that.”

Professor Ian DearyDirector of the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology

The Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology’s research into ageing is supported by funding from Age UK (the new force combining Age Concern and Help the Aged).

Transformations – Life Portraits reflects the purpose of the scientific research by demonstrating that the pathway to old age is actually throughout a person’s life, and that ageing can be seen as positive and beautiful.

Linda Kosciewicz-FlemingArtist