Communities and Housing,Future of Age,Innovation,Quality of Life,Transport

Wednesday 30th May 2018; 09:45 (for a 10:00 start) - 12:00; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 12 Great George Street, Parliament Square, London SW1P 3AD

On the 30th May, we held our second oral evidence session for the ILC-UK Health and Wellbeing Innovation Commission Inquiry, supported by Audley Group and EY.

This Commission Inquiry will convene leading industry, academic, policy and political partners to investigate the potential for innovation in ageing across the UK. Our second session will focus on the built environment, including transport, planning and design.

There is an appetite amongst policy makers to find out 'what works' in terms of health innovation, and how good ideas can diffuse across health and social care. We believe this Commission Inquiry can achieve meaningful change and identify much-needed solutions in light of population ageing; we are also expecting a high level of press attention.

Structure of the Commission Inquiry

This major Commission Inquiry will build on our previous work and will operate on an Inquiry format, gathering oral evidence in Commission Inquiry sessions. While the potential for innovation to 'disrupt' ageing is widely acknowledged, so far we have failed to assess and systematically explore the role of innovation across the ageing pathway.

To address this, we will hold four sessions on the following themes:

  1. Retirement communities and care homes - Monday 21st May
  2. The built environment including transport, planning and design - Wednesday 30th May
  3. Physical and mental health - Monday 9th July
  4. Social connections including isolation and loneliness - Thursday 12th July

Background to the Commission Inquiry

Our first report, Creating a Sustainable 21st Century Healthcare System, argued that the NHS should be supported to continue to invest in innovation in order to save more money in the long-term. It identified a number of promising global innovations and addressed the reasons why some innovations succeed and some fail to live up to expectations.

Our second report, Towards Affordable Healthcare: Why effective innovation is key, calculated theoretical cost savings if selected innovations were scaled-up and applied across England. It also pressed home the need for effective innovation, showing that if action is not taken now, health spending as a percentage of GDP will increase to unsustainable levels in the future.


Future of Age,Health,Transport

Thursday 18th June 2015; 15:00 (for a 15:15 start) - 17:00; Westminster, London

The International Longevity Centre-UK, supported by Age UK hosted an event for the launch of new research,The Future of Transport in an Ageing Society.

Demographic change will require a rethinking of current transport strategies. New approaches are needed to ensure that our growing population of older people are able to remain active and mobile during later life. To this end ILC-UK is working with Age-UK to try to set the agenda for the future age-friendly transport policy. 

Through The Future of Transport in an Ageing Society project we have developed innovative solutions to the many transport challenges faced by older people. Combining quantitative research using the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing with the contributions from an expert workshop held in April the report highlights the changes needed during this new Parliament.

A full agenda for this event will be available closer to the event date.


Friday 17th April 2015;  10.30 – 17.00; London

ILC-UK is delighted to announce a Futures Workshop, The Future of Transport in an Ageing Society.

Demographic change will require a rethinking of current transport strategies. New approaches are needed to ensure that our growing population of older people are able to remain active and mobile during later life. To this end ILC-UK is working with Age-UK to try to set the agenda for the future age-friendly transport policy. 

Through The Future of Transport in an Ageing Society project we want to develop innovative solutions to the many transport challenges faced by older people. With this aim in mind, on the 17th of April 2015 we are hosting a day long futures workshop. This interactive workshop aims to bring policy makers, transport experts, and academics together with older people to discuss and develop transport innovations.

This is a private workshop. However, if you are interested in attending, please contact


Tuesday 28th October 2014; M&G Group, Laurence Pountney Hill, London, EC4R 0HH; 09:00 (for a 09:30 start) – 12:30

We were delighted to hold a half day event where we considered future innovations in transport and transport policy in the context of an ageing society.

This event was sponsored by Age UK, hosted by Prudential, and was part of the ILC Global Alliance visit to the UK. It featured contributions on innovation and policy from across the world.

Speakers at the event included: Christian Wolmar, Ian Pearson, Ruth Finkelstein, Geoff Green, and Sir Alan Greengross.

The presentation slides from the event are available below.

28Oct14 - ILC-UK - The Future of Transport in an Ageing Society

Communities and Housing,Future of Age,Transport

Thursday, 8 May 2014 from 09:15 for 09:45 to 15:30

Emmerson/Shears Conference Room
8 Fitzroy Street
London W1T 4BQ

As the population ages, an increasing number of people will be growing older and continuing to live in communities around the country. Many of our communities are ill-prepared for both the varying needs of older people ageing in place and the future increase in numbers of older people who will need appropriate housing, transport and services. The local elections in May also bring these issues into focus for elected representatives who will be seeking to prepare their areas for these challenges and give the best opportunities for good ageing to their constituents.

At this event we heard results of a series of three solutions-focussed policy discussions held by ILC-UK and Age UK. These discussions have looked at three distinct aspects of communities – from living at home, to getting out and about and the activities and amenities available (or missing) in our communities. We will be discussing a forthcoming report summarising the fresh thinking and practical suggestions for policy makers, local government and community groups gathered from these sessions.

The conference also included sessions on research and information on this topic, and what needs to be done to take action in our communities. All sessions will feature opportunities for attendees to participate in the discussion and add their views on where priorities for action should be focussed.

Agenda from the event:

Welcome - Malcolm Dean (Chair)
Welcome - Caroline Abrahams; Charity Director, Age UK
Scene Setting - Are we ready for ageing? - Baroness Tyler; Member of Lords Committee on Public Services and Demographic Change
Community Matters – are our communities ready for ageing? - Jessica Watson; Policy and Communications Manager, ILC-UK
Open Discussion

Refreshement Break

Improving Later Life - Susan Davidson; Research Adviser, Age UK
Community Matters : are our communities ready for ageing? - Professor Sheila Peace; Professor of Gerontology, Open University and President Elect of the British Society of Gerontology
Open Discussion


Welcome back - David Sinclair; Assistant Director Policy and Communications, ILC-UK (Chair)
Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness. The tale of two cities. - Tracey Robbins; Programme Manager, Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness, JRF
Wellbeing and Interdependence through Assisted Living - Pam Turpin; Senior Research Analyst, Arup
Taking action– in the voluntary sector - Lynne Berry; Commission on Voluntary Sector and Ageing
Taking action – involving older people - Dr Alan Burnett; Chair, Portsmouth Pensioners Association
Open Discussion - what should be the priorities for action?
Taking action – the Centre for Ageing Better - Cheryl Coppell; Chief Executive, Havering Council / Centre for Ageing Better


The presentation slides from the event can be viewed below:

Future of Age,Quality of Life,Transport

Tuesday 11th March 2014, 13:30 (for a 14:00 start) – 17:00, London

This is the first in a series of three seminars exploring ‘Community Matters: are our communities ready for ageing?’ from ILC-UK and Age UK. The topic is ‘Getting out and about’, and focusses on issues of transport and the built and social environments and their impact on getting older in local communities. The results of these seminars will inform a solutions-focussed policy brief, looking at what needs to be done to create age-ready local areas. This brief will be launched in May at a full day conference on ageing in our communities.

Getting out and about is of vital importance if older people are to remain healthy, happy and active members of the communities they live in. Getting outdoors benefits older people socially, by allowing them to visit friends and interact with members of the community, and practically, by allowing them to access local amenities and services. These activities also help older people to become more integrated into their local community. Despite these benefits, research has shown that as older people age they make fewer trips outside of their home.

Many factors contribute to older people not getting ‘out and about’. A lack of access to affordable and accessible transport options can be a significant barrier to social inclusion and independence. Bad or poorly maintained pavements, and a lack of benches or accessible toilets create physical barriers to older people when they want to get out and about. These physical barriers then help to create mental barriers. For example, many older people do not leave their homes because of a fear of falling. Elsewhere, research has found that many older people do not venture out of their homes because of a fear of crime.

This seminar will explore:

  • how the local environment can be adapted to better meet the needs of older people.
  • the different physical and emotional barriers affecting older people’s ability to leave their house and engage with the community, with a focus on three key areas- transport, the local environment and fear of crime.
  • the current transport options available to older people in the UK, and then discuss how to ensure private and public transport facilitates the connection between the home and community.
  • strategies to reduce fear of crime while maintaining older people's natural defences against crime, and the usefulness of planning measures such as Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).

More information on the second seminar in the series can be found here: Community Matters: are our communities ready for ageing. At home

More infromation on the third seminar in the series can be found here: Community Matters: are our communities ready for ageing: Ensuring communities offer what older people want

The presentation slides from this seminar can be veiwed below:


13th November 2013, European Parliament

The SAATI launch event (EU Report Card Launch) took place in Brussels on 13 November 2013 in the European Parliament. SAATI were cooperating with Vaccines Europe for the launch and dissemination of the report.

During the launch event, the key findings and recommendations of the report were presented and a Call for Action to develop a strong and comprehensive life-course vaccination strategy to tackle infectious diseases will be launched.

The launch event was hosted by MEP Rebecca Taylor (ALDE, UK).

12h30 - 12h50
Registration and Welcome Lunch
12h50 – 13h00
Welcome, by MEP Rebecca Taylor (ALDE,UK)
13h00 –13h10
Opening Remarks, by Antonios Lanaras, Health Attaché,Greek Permanent Representation to the EU
13h10 – 13h20
Immunisation in Europe: State of Play, by Mr. Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General Health & Consumers, European Commission
13h20 – 13h35
SAATI European Report Card (Key Findings), by Prof Javier Garau, SAATI Chair and former President ESCMID
13h35 – 13h45
The Importance of Vaccination: Parent’s Testimony, by Danny Darche
13h45 – 14h00
Launch of the Call for Action, by Hildrun Sundseth, SAATI Member and Board Member of the European Institute of Women's Health
14h00 – 14h20
Discussion, moderated by MEP Rebecca Taylor (ALDE, UK)
14h20 – 14h30
Closing Remarks, by MEP Petru Luhan (EPP, RO)

For more information on the EU Report Card, please email:

Adult vaccination: A key component of healthy ageing. The benefits of life-­‐course immunisation in Europe. by ILC-UK


Segrave Room, the RAC Foundation, 89-91 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5HS, 07 February 2011

Today’s older people are driving further and more often than previous cohorts, and cars remain vital to people’s mobility in later life.

There is a need to consider how to maintain the road safety of older drivers in an ageing society.

This seminar launched a new RAC Foundation report by Dr Craig Berry, Senior Researcher at the International Longevity Centre-UK, titled Can Older Drivers Be Nudged? How the Public and Private Sectors Can Influence Older Drivers’ Self-Regulation.

The report considers how insights from behavioural economics and psychology can be utilised to ‘nudge’ older people towards more sensible decisions around driving in later life. There is evidence that individuals do restrict, reduce or cease driving as they get older, but that they may not be self-regulating effectively due to a lack of support, information and appropriate incentives in the wider regulatory system. In many cases this leads to over¬-regulation by individuals and their families, and makes decisions about driving unnecessarily traumatic.

The report draws upon the nudge agenda to make a series of practical recommendations.

Agenda from the event:

12.00 – 12.30
Registration and refreshments
12.30 – 12.35
Welcome from the RAC Foundation
12.35 – 12.40
Introduction from Baroness Sally Greengross
12.40 – 13.05
Presentation by Craig Berry
13.05 – 13.20
Discussant: Dr Charles Musselwhite, Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England
13.20 – 14.00
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