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Ageing - a positive perspective

A positive view of the process of ageing is depicted in an art exhibition at Edinburgh University.  Transformations "“ Life Portraits by Linda Kosciewicz depicts individuals involved in a major scientific study into the mental and physical aspects of ageing.The study group is comprised of the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936, a group of individuals who were born in 1936 and took part in the Scottish Mental Survey of 1947.  Psychologists at the University are looking at measures of the physical and mental function of the group as they age.  The study has already been running for 6 years and researchers hope that it will help us to understand why some people age better than others.Leader of the study, Professor Ian Deary, said: "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."The exhibition uses video and photography to demonstrate how movement and facial expressions reveal the process of ageing.Artist Linda Kosciewicz-Fleming said: "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."For more information:http://www.lindakfleming.co.uk/transformationslife-portraits-videos/http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/all-news/ageing-220410
Laura Bailey

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