New podcast celebrates study participants’ 100th birthday and explores secrets of long, healthy lives

New podcast celebrates the 100th birthday of a group of people who have been studied by psychologists at the University of Edinburgh since 1998.

Photo of a large number of Lothian Birth Cohorts participants at the reunion in 2018

Participants of the Lothian Birth Cohort 1921 research project are being celebrated in a new three-part podcast series exploring what happens to our thinking skills as we grow older.  

Who gets to be 100?: The podcast 

Who gets to experience healthy old age, and why?  

The Lothian Birth Cohorts 1921 are a group of people born in 1921 who all took an intelligence test when they were 11 years old. Since 1998, psychology researchers at the University of Edinburgh have worked closely with hundreds of individuals who took these tests in 1932 to understand what helps us keep sharp in old age.  

Lothian Birth Cohorts 

100-year-olds and their contribution to science 

This three-part podcast series highlights the stories of 100-year-old study participants, their role in research and what we have learned about keeping well in old age.  

In the first episode, centenarians Anne and Margaret talk about their childhood, their lives as grown ups and their thoughts on a healthy long life. The second episode highlights the fascinating history of the Lothian Birth Cohort 1921 study, whilst the final and third episode explores what we have learned from the study about cognitive ageing. 

Listen to the podcast 

Who gets to be 100? podcast cover. "Who gets to be 100?" is written in bold capitalised yellow letters over an old class photo

New episodes will be available on Thursdays at 12noon (GMT+1) with parts 1, 2 and 3 launching on the 10th, 17th and 24th June respectively. 

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