Health,Work and Retirement

The Actuarial Profession, Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ, 16:30, 28 November 2007

The increasing proportion of very old people in the population means that how to 'age well', even in later old age, is now an important issue for policymakers and researchers, as well as for older people themselves.

This debate began with a presentation from Dr Sarah Smith of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and will consider what it means to ‘age well’ and whether the extent of social interaction is associated with later health and well-being among the oldest old.

Panel and audience discussions explored the following questions:

  • What role should social activities have in preventive health among older people?
  • How can social activities be facilitated among the oldest cohorts?
  • What is the right balance between the statutory sector, voluntary sector and the individual in enabling social interaction among those in late old age?

The panel comprised:

  • Dr Leila Lessof OBE, former Director of Public Health, Kensington Chelsea & Westminster Health Authority
  • Simon Goodenough, Director of 'Upstream' Healthy Living Centre
  • Ann Bowling, Professor of Health Services Research, UCL
  • Dr Donna Lamping, Department of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

You can download a copy of the ILC-UK policy brief here.