Hello and welcome to the February edition of the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) newsletter.

In this edition we cover:

  • Haiti Appeal
  • Dates for the Diary
  • New ILC-UK Publications
  • New ILC-UK Blog Posts
  • ILC-UK Out and About

Haiti Appeal

You will undoubtedly have seen and heard of the devastation in Haiti.

Our friends and colleagues at both HelpAge International and ILC - Dominican Republic have been heavily involved in the relief efforts and as you will see below, Mark Gorman of HelpAge International has contributed a guest blog for ILC-UK on the subject.

If you want to support the work of HelpAge International in Haiti you can donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal by clicking on the link on the HelpAge International website
Our staff are also holding a modest cake and coffee event to raise funds for the Haiti appeal on Tuesday February 16th 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Do pop into the ILC-UK office for a coffee and chat if you are in the area.

Dates for the Diary

ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession Joint Debate: The economic value of healthy ageing and working longer, London & Edinburgh

ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession are organising 2 joint debates on “The Economic Value of Healthy Ageing and Working Longer”. One will take place at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh on 17 February 2010 and one at the Actuarial Profession, Staple Inn Hall, London on 3 March 2010. More details are available on our website at

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

There are only a small number of spaces left at these two events so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend.

For advanced notice, the next two ILC-UK/Actuarial Profession events will be:

*21st April
*15th June

New ILC-UK Publications

A problem shared is a problem halved? Dementia: Learning opportunities from Europe
This policy brief aims to stimulate debate and drive improvements in dementia research, diagnosis, treatment and care by identifying key priorities for action at the Member State and EU level.

The Fictions, Facts and Future of Older People and Technology

This new ILC-UK Think-Piece from Simon Roberts, design anthropologist at Intel, considers the role of design in tackling the digital divide.

Notes of an ILC-UK Dinner Debate on the subject of the Myths and Realities of the Older Worker

Notes of a public “Green Paper” debate exploring the future of funding long-term care for older people

New ILC-UK Blog Posts

We have published a number of new posts to the ILC-UK Blog. The posts are accessible through or via the links below.

Guest Blog: Childlessness: costs, consequences and charity (Laura Stoll, London School of Economics)

Guest Blog: Responding to the needs of older people in the Haiti earthquake emergency (Mark Gorman, HelpAge International)

Kids In Museums
(David Sinclair)

Dementia and the Challenge of Personalisation
(Sally-Marie Bamford)

If two hands are better than one, how about four paws?
(Sally-Marie Bamford)

ILC-UK Out and About

ILC-UK Chief Executive, Baroness Sally Greengross has been heavily involved in the Committee Stage of the Equality Bill and also in the second reading of her Private Members Bill on patient transport services.

Sally spoke at a Which? seminar on the challenges of an ageing society for consumers and organisations, 19 January; she was on the panel at the fifth annual Counsel and Care lecture “Delivering quality care: fair to everyone, affordable to all”, 27 January; and spoke at the Swiss Re expert forum "Getting the balance right: risk selection in private insurance" in Zurich, 1 February.

Sally’s Transport Forum launched a paper on Public Procurement – the lessons of Rail Privatisation which can be found on the ILC-UK website:

About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre-UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. We develop ideas, undertake research and create a forum for debate.

The ILC-UK was established in 2000 to explore and address the new longevity revolution and its impact on the life-course and society. It provides the visionary approach needed for individual and societal planning to ensure a progressive, economically viable and socially inclusive tomorrow for all.

The ILC-UK is a registered charity (no. 1080496) incorporated with limited liability in England and Wales (company no. 3798902).

Our postal address is: International Longevity Centre – UK, 11 Tufton Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3QB

Tel: +44 (0)207 340 0440.



Innovating for Ageing: Just and ILC-UK launch new initiative to develop creative solutions for tackling vulnerability in later life

ILC-UK are inviting interested parties to offer a bid to help us update the ILC-UK website.

In May this year, ILC-UK conducted a study mission to Japan supported by our sister organisation, ILC-Japan, and funded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Two complementary research reports published today by ILC-UK have both found that physical and mental illness at younger ages can have a significant impact on employment trajectories in later life.

A new report from the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK), ‘Public health in Europe during the austerity years’, has identified early warning signs that austerity will affect health outcomes for decades to come.

Innovative new programme revealed at ILC-UK’s flagship “Future of Ageing” conference London