Economics of Age,Health,Longevity

Wednesday 9th May; 11:45 (for a 12:00 start) – 14:00; 11 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB

Charlotte Bright, Deputy Director at Department for Health and Social Care
Eric Kihlstrom, Interim Director of the Healthy Ageing Industry Strategy Challenge Fund
Ben Franklin, Assistant Director, Research and Policy, ILC

Register your interest by email at and we will contact you no later than 1 week before the event to confirm your space.

ILC are delighted to invite you to join our Partners at a discussion about the Government’s industrial strategy with Charlotte Bright, Deputy Director at Department for Health and Social Care, Eric Kihlstrom, Interim Director of Healthy Ageing Industry Strategy Challenge Fund and Ben Franklin Assistant Director of Research and Policy, ILC.

Charlotte and Eric will discuss the Government’s plans on health in the context of the industrial strategy. Ben Franklin will present on the economic challenges and opportunities of rising longevity, highlighting the economic imperative to compress morbidity.

The Government has said that their new funding will seek to “ensure the UK leads the world in healthy ageing”

They have announced:

  • New funding to develop new products and services which will help people live in their homes longer, tackle loneliness, and increase independence
  • £40 million investment in a new hub for UK Dementia Research Institute
  • Funding to support better diagnosis for UK patients through AI and new tech at new regional centres of excellence
  • 500,000 Biobank volunteers will see their genome sequenced providing data that will help the UK lead the world in development of tools for early diagnosis and new pioneering therapies

Partners should register for this event by emailing

This event is for ILC Partners. We have, however, a small number of spaces for organisations who aren’t members of our Partners Programme. If you would like to attend please register your interest by email at and we will contact you no later than 1 week before the event to confirm your space.

More information about our Partners Programme is available here. If you would like to join our partners programme, please email

Equality and Human Rights,Global Ageing,Longevity,Quality of Life

Tuesday 8th May; 16:00 – 17:30; Mercer, 1 Tower Place East, EC3R 5BU, London

On 8th May we had the lecture by Professor Julie Byles of ILC-Australia on the topic of 'Women’s health across the life-course and across the generations – Lessons from Australia'. We are grateful to Mercer for hosting this event.

In addition to her role at ILC Australia, Professor Byles is Global Innovation Chair in Responsive Transitions in Health and Ageing at the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Professor Byles’ research focus is on how people can age well, with an eye to understanding the factors that influence and promote healthy ageing. Julie was also involved in the establishment of the ground-breaking Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH). This study explores three cohorts of women: those aged 18 – 25, 46 – 51 and 70 – 75.

Professor Julie Byles' presentation slides from the event are available to view below:


Equality and Human Rights,Health,Longevity,Quality of Life

Wednesday 28th March 2018; 09:15 (for 09:45) – 11:45; Level 3 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

This event has seen the launch of 'The Impact of Deprivation on Demographic Inequalities in Adults’, the latest report published by ILC-UK and Cass Business School.

The report examines the correlation between a range of demographic measures including the modal age at death, life expectancy, lifespan variation and mortality with deprivation as measured by the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation.

During the event, report co-author Professor Les Mayhew Professor of Statistics, Cass Business School, presented the emerging patterns of inequalities and life expectancy and discussed their wider implications for social and economic policy.

Professor Les Mayhew's presentation slides from the event are available to view below:



Care,Communities and Housing,Economics of Age,Health,Longevity

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017; 10:00 (for 10:30) – 12:30, Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ

On Wednesday, 22nd February, the International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) and Cass Business School hosted the launch of a new report entitled 'Does living in a retirement village extend life expectancy? The case of Whiteley Village'.

The UK population over age 65 is projected to increase by more than 40% during the next 17 years to over 16 million; while the number of people in the UK over age 85 is expected to double during the next 23 years to more than 3.4 million. With the population ageing so rapidly, finding ways in which the older population can live their later lives in relative health and comfort has become an increasingly important issue in the UK.

One relatively recent development is the creation of retirement villages in the UK, to house and care for the increasing numbers of older people who are attracted to this type of communal retirement living. Until now, studies of retirement villages have sought to examine funding options or quality of life outcomes for residents. However, this new report is the first of its kind to consider whether retirement village life can extend life expectancy.

Using Whiteley Retirement Village as a case study, and utilising a century’s worth of data derived from resident records, this report examines differences in life expectancy between Whiteley Village residents compared to the general population; it also accounts for gender and socio-economic disparities in life expectancy.

The presentation slides from the event are available to view below:

Equality and Human Rights,Longevity,Pensions

Tuesday 3rd May; 16.30pm (for a 17:00 start) - 18.30, followed by drinks reception; Prudential, M&G, 5 Laurence Poutney Hill, EC4R 0HH

ILC-UK and Cass Business School private debate and reception, supported by ILC-UK Partners Programme and hosted by Prudential.

At this event, Professor Les Mayhew launched new research highlighting a growth in inequalities in life expectancy over recent decades. ILC-UK facilitated a debate on how future increases in State Pension Age can be fair, given these growing inequalities with contributions from John Cridland, the Government's Independent Reviewer of State Pension Age.

ILC-UK’s 2014 research (Linking State Pension Age to Longevity), supported by Age UK, found that measures such as healthy life expectancy and disability-free life expectancy vary significantly by region and social class.

This new research by Professor Les Mayhew reveals that the life expectancy gap between the richest and poorest has begun to increase. The research reveals that the richest 5% of men are living an average of 96.2 years, which is 34.2 years longer than the poorest 10% of men. The gap is 1.7 years wider than in 1993.

There are likely to be significant unintended consequences of further increases to State Pension Age in 2028. Increasing State Pension Age up to levels where disability rates are higher, raises concerns about transferring spending from the State Pension to disability or other working age benefits. Increasing the State Pension Age further might also impact on the supply of carers. And will employers be prepared for further increases in the State Pension Age?

Public policy is beginning to recognise the challenges ahead. The DWP Select Committee are currently conducting an Inquiry into “early drawing of the state pension”. Labour have proposed a flexible state pension age so manual workers can retire earlier than other workers. Are there other, potentially more radical solutions to the inequalities challenge?

Please see below for the slides delivered by Professor Les Mayhew at the event.

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27th November 2014 from 14:30 (for a 15:00 start) to 17:00
Ashfords LLP Solicitors, 1 New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1AN

This event was held in conjunction with Compassion in Dying. The event was chaired by Baroness Greengross, and the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support, and the Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP, Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties, gave the keynote addresses. 

This event outlined the importance of information and support regarding end-of-life rights and decision-making. It also launched Compassion in Dying’s ‘My Life, My Decision’ project which aims to support older people in their decision-making on end-of-life issues. Funded by the Big Lottery and run by Compassion in Dying, this project trains advocates and professionals to inform and support older people in their decision-making on end-of-life issues. We heard findings from a pilot version of the scheme in East London, focusing on the most effective ways to support older people to take up the patient preference tools provided for by the MCA 2005. 

Politics Home has written a full review of the event, available here. The speech given by Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP is available here.

Longevity,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

Important notice: This event is now postponed. 

We will be notifying people as soon as this event has been rescheduled 

ILC-UK are launching a new policy report on social connections and wellbeing in older age at The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) Boardroom, 11 Tufton Street, London, on Thursday 16th October, 15:30 (for a 16:00 start) – 18:00. This project is a collaboration between UCL and ILC-UK, and was kindly funded by ESRC.

This important report will highlight the key findings of new research, undertaken by Professor Andrew Steptoe, Dr Snorri Rafnsson and Dr Aparna Shankar, identifying the aspects of social connections which are most relevant to well-being in older adults. The research aims to answer a series of questions including:

  • Which aspects of social connections are associated with life satisfaction, quality of life and positive affect in older adults?
  • How does well-being change over time amongst older adults?
  • How does the experience of different caregiving transitions vary with socioeconomic circumstances, health and relationship status?
  • What is the longitudinal impact of caregiving transitions on positive and negative emotional wellbeing in later life?

The report will then link the findings to current policy to make a series of recommendations.

As loneliness and isolation shoot up the public agenda as a priority, this research will add a new dimension to the debate currently being played out in Government and the media. The event will include presentations from the researchers, and responses from a panel of experts, before the debate is opened up to the floor for questions. This will be followed by a wine reception.


Future of Age,Intergenerational,Longevity

Thursday 17th July; LG001 – Auditorium, Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ; 16:00 (for a 16:30 start) – 18:30

Throughout 2014, ILC-UK, supported by specialist insurance company, Partnership Assurance Group plc, is undertaking a series of events to explore the relationship between our changing demography and public policy.

The fourth event in this 'Population Patterns Seminar Series' considered the findings of our ‘Factpack’ of UK demographic statistics.

We all know that people are living longer but how is that likely to change our society? How will pensions be affected? How will we care for our growing older society when the traditional “working age” population is shrinking?

These types of debates are increasingly being played out in the media and in political circles but in order for such debates to be productive, they have to be well informed.

ILC-UK believes its 2014 ‘Factpack’ will support this process by highlighting the most recent evidence of our rapidly ageing society. Not only does it provide statistics on a range of critical topics from life expectancy to housing supply; and pensions to long-term care, it also includes a special focus on the current and potential future state of pensioner poverty.

The event was chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross (ILC-UK) with a welcome from Steve Haberman (Dean of the Cass Business School). We were delighted that Gregg McClymont MP, Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions), spoke at at the launch event. We also heard presentations from Professor Les Mayhew (Professor of Statistics, Cass Business School), Steve Groves (Chief Executive of Partnership), Ben Franklin (Research Fellow at ILC-UK) and a response from Tom Younger of the Department for Work and Pensions.

During the discussion we explored:

  • How the UK’s demography has changed since the release of the 2013 Factpack and how it might change in the future,
  • How demographic change is reshaping our society,
  • The challenge of pensioner poverty,
  • Regional variations in the experiences of older people,
  • How policy makers should respond to these findings.

16:00 - 16:30 Registration
16:30 - 16:35 Welcome by Chair, Baroness Sally Greengross (ILC-UK)
16:35 - 16:40 Welcome by the Dean of Cass Business School, Professor Stete Habberman
16:40 - 16:50 Presentation from Richard Willets (Partnership)
16:50 - 17:10 Presentation from Gregg McClymont MP (Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions)
17:10 - 17:20 Presentation from Ben Franklin (ILC-UK)
17:20 - 17:30 Presentation from Professor Les Mayhew (Cass Business School)
17:30 - 17:35 Response from Tom Younger (Department for Work and Pensions)
17:35 - 18:25 Discussion/Q&A
18:25 - 18:30 Close by Chair, Baroness Sally Greengross (ILC-UK)
18:30 - 19:15 Drinks reception

Presentation slides from the event are available to view here:


The Actuarial Profession, Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ, 16:00, 29 November 2011

A memorial lecture and debate on Centenarians and the Oldest Old

The ILC-UK was saddened last summer, by the loss of Dr. Robert N. Butler, founder of the first International Longevity Centre in the United States and Pulitzer prize-winning gerontologist. His invaluable contribution has changed the approach and research on ageing and longevity.

In tribute to Dr Butler, ILC-UK organised a memorial lecture and debate, in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on Centenarians and the Oldest Old.

In 1911 there were just 100 Centenarians living in England and Wales, a figure which grew to 9,000 people in 2006 and represented a 90-fold increase over the previous 100 years (Dini and Goldring. 2008). There was a fourteen-fold increase in male centenarians and a 23-fold increase in female centenarians over the last 50 years of the twentieth century (Dini and Goldring. 2008).

The number of people aged over 100 is expected to nearly double between 2030 and 2035, when it is projected there will be 97,300 centenarians in the UK. It is then expected to more than double again during the next decade, to stand at 202,100 by 2045. (DWP/ONS December 2010).

The ONS estimates that by 2066 there will be at least 507,000 people in the UK aged 100 or over, including 7,700 super centenarians who are aged 110 or over. By 2080, there may be 626,900 people aged over 100. 21,000 of these will be over 110. (DWP/ONS December 2010).

Even the conservative estimates for the growth in the number of the oldest old will have a significant impact on services. Yet whilst policy makers seem aware of the growth in the number of people living to 100, there has been little or no explicit exploration about the impact of the growth in numbers of oldest old on public policy.

Professor Tom Kirkwood, Associate Dean for Ageing at Newcastle University gave the Lecture. The ILC-UK presented early findings of work for Age UK on the oldest old.

Agenda from the event:

16:30 – 16.35
Welcome and introduction from chair Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre – UK

16.35 – 17.20
The Robert Butler Memorial Lecture by Professor Tom Kirkwood, Associate Dean for Ageing at Newcastle University.

17.20 – 17.30
Centenarians and the Oldest Old, ILC-UK
David Sinclair

17.30 - 17.35
A personal contribution on the life of a Centenarian
Noreen Siba

17.35 – 17.45
First telegram at 110? The implications of longevity
Dr Matthew Norton

17.45 – 17.55
'What older people want and value in life?' Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Ilona Haslewood

17.55 – 18.25
Panel and Audience debate

Close and drinks

The slides from this event are available to view below.



The Actuarial Profession, Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ, 09:00, 29 October 2008

A one-day conference exploring the production and use of population projections in public policy, made possible by the generous support of Swiss Re.

The full programme of this conference can be downloaded from the Actuarial Profession.

David Brindle, Public Services Editor of The Guardian wrote about the conference here.

Across pensions, housing, health and social care, public policy relies on projections of population mortality and healthy life expectancy. However, disagreements among different academic and professional disciplines about life expectancy and how it should be forecast affect how projections are used in public policy, and the institutional arrangements that govern and shape the production of mortality projections for policymaking.

This conference explored how population projections should be chosen and used in the formation of public policy. Should government bodies requiring advice on mortality make their own separate arrangements? Should the government establish an independent ‘standing commission on mortality’ empowered to make sense of scientific disagreements and uncertainties, and to advise on future mortality and policy? Or should the task of forging consensus on population projections be left to the academic and professional communities through open, scientific debate?

The conference brought together a range of experts to discuss these issues, review the latest evidence on mortality from demography, epidemiology and actuarial science, and explored how the governance of population projections used in public policy can be improved. The conference looked at how we should make sense of different viewpoints on future mortality, and how the government should sponsor and use projections on mortality and healthy life expectancy in public policy.

The ILC-UK have put together a report following the event which can be downloaded at


The Atrium, 4 Millbank, Westminster, 28 July 2006

"The State of Ageing in Europe" Report - jointly authored by ILC-UK and The Merck Institute

We are delighted to have been working with the Merck Institute on Aging and Health to create the latest in the renowned 'State of Ageing' series. The report brings together into a single document the key indicators for the demographic, health, social and policy issues faced by the new EU-25.

Download a copy of the report here.