Season’s greetings from all of us at ILC-UK.

In this edition we cover:

  • New ILC-UK Publications
  • New ILC-UK Blog Posts
  • Recent ILC-UK Events
  • ILC-UK in the News
  • ILC-UK Out and About
  • Dates for the Diary

New ILC-UK Publications

The Golden Economy: The Consumer Marketplace in an Ageing Society

Older people and functional foods: The importance of diet in supporting older people’s health; what role for functional foods?

Can the Web Transform Social Care?

The Spending Review 2010: Intergenerational Perceptions of Fairness, Cuts and Economic Recovery

New ILC-UK Blog Posts

Should older people switch their margarine to prevent a heart attack? (Rebecca Taylor)

Guest Blog - Gordon Morris of Age UK Enterprises on “The real cost of inflation to those in later life” (Gordon Morris - Age UK)

Guest blog: Generations divided in the e-Society (Richard Berry)

Older consumers in an age of austerity (Craig Berry)

A study of older people in changing times: ILC-UK at the launch of the ELSA Wave 4 results (Dylan Kneale)

Guest Blog - Patrick Grattan on “The Spending Review and Intergenerational Fairness” (Patrick Grattan - TAEN)

Spending Review 2010 - ILC-UK Live Blog

Women and Pensions (David Sinclair)

The Education Shoestring Budget
(Dylan Kneale)

Climate Change in an Ageing World
(David Sinclair)

Recent ILC-UK Events

Breaking Point Launch Reception

The International Longevity Centre, supported by Amgen and GlaxoSmithKline, supported a successful parliamentary launch reception of the report "Osteoporosis in the UK at Breaking Point" on Monday 11th October, highlighting the urgent need to improve patient outcomes and care for the 2 million women affected by osteoporosis. This launch provided an opportunity to bring together politicians, policy-makers, patients and key specialists in the field of osteoporosis to debate the issue and call for a new approach to fracture care and prevention.

Annual ILC Global Alliance Meeting

This year the ILC Global Alliance organised its annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, on 24th-27th October 2010 when presidents and directors of the 12 ILC centres across the world met to report activities and programmes in each country. Personal tributes were given to Bob Butler, founder of the first International Longevity Centre in the United States and President of ILC-USA, from all the ILC's present to honour his legacy and contribution to the ILC Global Alliance. Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive of the ILC-UK, and Monica Ferreira, President of ILC-South Africa, were elected the two new co-presidents to serve a three year term. The ILC Global Alliance annual meeting was followed by an international symposium on "The Globalisation of Dementia: Issues and Responses".

ILC-UK and Actuarial Profession Debate on "The Economics of Preventative Health"

Despite the tube strike, the ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession held a lively and informative debate on 3rd November 2010 on "The Economics of Preventative Health". This debate examined the role of preventative healthcare in keeping older people, in particular older workers, in good health including whether this is practical and cost effective and what it means for employers and the economy.

Expert Working Group Meeting on Dementia Research

The ILC-UK, supported by Pfizer, organised a working meeting on dementia research in the European Parliament on the 16th November 2010, hosted by Chris Davies MEP, the Environment and Public Health spokesman for Liberals and Democrats. The aim of the meeting was to bring together a selection of leading experts on dementia research from across Europe and to support the development of a more clearly prioritised European research agenda in the field of dementia. The resulting report will be available on our website in the forthcoming weeks.

ILC-UK and Actuarial Profession Debate on "The Older Consumer"

David Sinclair, Head of Policy and Research at the ILC-UK, spoke at the ILC-UK and Actuarial Profession debate "The Older Consumer" on 23rd November 2010 to present new research on the older consumer market, produced for Age UK and with the help of the Personal Finance Research Centre at the University of Bristol. We were delighted that we were joined by the Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP, who talked about the role of Government in promoting to industry, the potential financial reward of engaging with the older consumer. "The Golden Economy: The Consumer Marketplace in an Ageing Society” is available to download on our website.

ILC-UK Debate: “The Impact of Localism on the Homes and Communities of Older People”

ILC-UK, sponsored by Anchor and Audley and with the venue and refreshments given by ARUP, held a debate on 29th November 2010 on how best to design neighbourhoods and housing to meet the needs of an ageing society. Professor Elizabeth Burton opened the debate with a discussion and presentation of the findings of the IDGO2 research project (inclusive design for getting outdoors). The resulting report will be available on our website in the next weeks.

ILC-UK in the News

Sally Marie Bamford, Senior Researcher at the ILC-UK, has written an article on "Dementia and Diagnosis — The Discrepancies in Response across Europe" for the European Papers on the New Welfare, available at


Dr Crag Berry, Senior Researcher at the ILC-UK, wrote response to Lord Hutton’s interim report on public sector pensions on Money Marketing, available at

The ILC-UK report "Older people and functional foods: The importance of diet in supporting older people’s health; what role for functional foods?” written by Rebecca Taylor, Senior Researcher at the ILC-UK and made possible by Danone, and has received a good coverage in the press:

ILC-UK Out and About

Baroness Sally Greengross gave a guest lecture at the annual British Geriatrics Society conference in Brighton on creating culture change and chaired the Laing & Buisson annual homecare conference. Baroness Greengross asked Her Majesty's Government what powers exist to ensure that vehicles other than buses do not park in bus stops. ILC-UK were interested in the Ministerial response as many older and disabled people cannot access buses that do not pull up to the curb.Sally will also be chairing the morning session for the Dementia and Sight Loss conference for policy makers, commissioners and Practitioners on the 1 December organised by the Thomas Pocklington Trust with the Alzheimer's Society and RNIB.

David Sinclair spoke on “The Future of Age” at a recent conference organised by NESTA.

Sally-Marie Bamford presented on the ILC-UK/AGE UK Intergenerational LGBT volunteer project at a recent conference organised by Tower Hamlets on the needs of the older LGBT community.

Dates for the Diary

“The Future of Retirement” (9th December 2010)

The seminar will allow for debate on how the meaning of retirement has evolved, and how public policy should respond. In our report ‘The Future of Retirement’, published earlier this year, Dr Craig Berry argued that government plans to raise the State Pension Age would not inevitably lead to an increase in average retirement age. The report was published ahead of an ILC-UK think piece by Professor John Macnicol, ‘Ageism and Age Discrimination’, which explored the role that ageism plays in determining individuals’ ability to extend their working lives.

This seminar will allow for a debate on the findings from both pieces of work. Craig Berry, a Senior Researcher at ILC-UK and former policy advisor on pensions at HM Treasury, will present the findings of The Future of Retirement and discuss the current policy context. Professor John Macnicol, a Visiting Professor at LSE and author of ‘The Politics of Retirement in Britain’ and ‘Age Discrimination: An Historical and Contemporary Analysis’ will discuss retirement in historical perspective.

Please note the event is fully subscribed, however, if you would like to be added to the reserve list please email and we will notify you if a place becomes available.

Early notice of Joint ILC-UK/The Actuarial Profession Seminars

Wednesday 9th February 2011, Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, 16.00 for 16.30 -18.30 for drinks
Tuesday 1st March 2011, London, Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ, 16.00 for 16.30 -18.30 for drinks

“The Future Economic, Health and Social Care Costs of Dementia”

The costs associated with dementia now total one per cent of global GDP, at a worldwide cost of £388bn. With an ageing population the costs are set to soar further, based only on predicted increases in the number of people with dementia, by 2030 we could see an estimated 85% increase in costs (World Alzheimer Report, 2010). This growth will put additional pressures on public finances whilst also increasing demand for formal and informal care.

Indeed dementia has been described as the most significant health and social care crisis of the 21st century and how respective governments respond will be crucial in light of the burgeoning figures. All countries will need to prioritise spending on dementia and yet at the same time reconcile need, want and value for the public purse in the coming years. Certain policy interventions on dementia could reap rewards of their own, particularly with regard to early diagnosis, prevention and investment in research and development.

The aim of the event is to discuss this critical agenda and bring together politicians, policy-makers, voluntary organisations, the private sector and academics. We hope to explore and examine the ‘real cost’ of dementia and develop recommendations for future policy interventions.

During this event, we will

  • Set the scene and look at the prevalence, incidence, mortality rate and disability burden of dementia at the UK and global level.
  • Explore the direct and indirect cost of dementia to the public purse, today and tomorrow.
  • Explore the impact of dementia on the financial services industry.
  • Explore ‘cost effective’ policy interventions and the cost of inaction (early diagnosis, prevention/dementia research).

If you would like to attend either event, please email please email, specifying whether you would like to attend the London or Edinburgh meeting.

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Are you looking for a short-term paid role in a think tank over the summer?
The independent think tank the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is seeking a summer intern to start on Monday 23 July. The intern would work 4 days a week for a period of 4 weeks, with the possibility of extension.

New research ‘An Economic Analysis of Flu Vaccination’ paints a picture of lives saved and costs averted, but more needs to be done to increase uptake

Ben Franklin, Assistant Director of Research and Policy comments on the role of public policy, industry and consumer bodies in assisting the regulator to protect consumers.

On 19th June entries opened for the Innovating for Ageing initiative, a competition to identify solutions to the challenges facing vulnerable consumers.

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) and Just Group have analysed the submissions and created a shortlist to take forward that helps deal with ageing issues such as cognitive decline, failing physical health, loneliness and digital exclusion.

We are looking for an experienced, flexible and proactive candidate to support the Senior Management Team in managing the financials of the organisation.