The April edition of the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) newsletter.

In this edition we cover:

  • ILC Global Alliance Website
  • Dates for the Diary
  • New ILC-UK Publications
  • New ILC-UK Blog Posts
  • Trustees
  • Staff
  • Recent Events
  • ILC-UK Out and About
  • ILC-UK in the News


ILC Global Alliance Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new International Longevity Centre Global Alliance website. The Global Alliance has recently produced a paper on “Retirement Age” with country-specific insights from the different ILC members available on the Global Alliance website.


Dates for the Diary

ILC-UK Seminar Series supported by Partnership. The Future of Care Funding (17 May/2 June)

Visions for care funding. 17 May, 4pm to 7pm. 11 Tufton Street, London.(waiting list)
Creating a market for innovation in care. 2 June. 4pm to 6pm. 11 Tufton Street, London. (waiting list)

ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession in partnership with ESRC Joint Debate: Measuring Quality of Life (10 May) 4pm to 7pm, Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn,WC1V 7QJ, London. (waiting list)

ILC-UK Debate: Young people, pensions and retirement planning - supported by Prudential (7 June)
4pm to 7pm. Governor's House, Laurence Pountney Hill, EC4R 0HH, London. (spaces available)

ILC-UK and Actuarial Profession Joint Debate: Young people, pensions and retirement planning - supported by Prudential (14 June)
4pm to 7pm. Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, EH2 1JQ, Edinburgh. (spaces available)


New ILC-UK Publications

Localism and Neighbourhoods for all Ages

Climate Change and Sustainable Public Services

The European Dementia Research Agenda

The Economics of Preventative Healthcare in an Ageing Society

Can Older Drivers Be Nudged?

Good Neighbours: Measuring Quality of Life in Old Age


New ILC-UK Blog Posts

Anti-social behaviour – a need for an intergenerational approach

Abolishing the DRA will not automatically lead to extended working lives

There is huge variety in older driver regulatory systems, but self-regulation remains the key to road safety in an ageing world

John Hutton’s final report on public sector pensions could have gone further to restore equality across the pensions apartheid

Park Homes – not really a home from home?

Guest Blog - Jane Ashcroft, Anchor: Fair’s Fair?

Is there an optimal age for preventative healthcare interventions?

The new Mental Health Strategy – only a start?

Is asking for experience tantamount to ageism?

Can older drivers be ‘nudged’?



The International Longevity Centre – UK is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Trustees to its Board: Nigel Waterson (former MP for Eastbourne); Tom Boardman (NEST Trustee and Senior Advisor at the Financial Services Authority); Deborah Sturdy (SouthernCross); and Colin Redman (Actuary) who joins the ILC-UK Board as our Treasurer. For more information, please visit our Trustees page.



We are excited to announce a new staff member who has joined us in the past weeks: Jessica Watson. Jessica joined ILC-UK for an internship in September 2010, and started as a Research and Administrative Assistant in March 2011.


Recent events

The ILC-UK organised two roundtables on 'Older people and Functional Food' on 9th and 31st March. The roundtables discussed issues arising from the November 2010 ILC-UK report on older people and functional foods.

We hosted a private meeting with Prudential on 17th March with representatives from stakeholders such as Prudential, DWP, Actuarial Profession, NAPF, NEST, Pensions Advisory Service, ABI. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the forthcoming report of Dr Craig Berry on 'Resuscitating Retirement Savings - How to help today’s young people plan for later life' sponsored by Prudential.

The ILC-UK held a working lunch on 24th March to discuss issues arising from this year's influenza immunisation campaign, and to consider the future of adult immunisation in the context of an ageing society. The International Longevity Centre-UK has joined forces with Pfizer, to look at the health challenges and opportunities presented by population ageing, and it is in this context that we want to consider the need for fresh thinking on adult immunisation


ILC-UK Out and About

Chief Executive of ILC-UK, Baroness Sally Greengross, hosted a 65th birthday reception in the House of Lords for participants of the Medical Research Council’s National Survey of Health and Development 1946 (NSHD) study. The study has collected information from birth to the current day on the health and life circumstances of five and a half thousand men and women born during one week in March in 1946. Sally also chaired two important evidence sessions for the All Party Parliamentary Group’s 2011 inquiry into saving money in dementia care and improving outcomes for people with dementia. In May, Sally will be chairing the Impact of Ageing on Developed Economies’ conference for the Ditchley Foundation. Noreen Siba, Managing Director, ILC-UK will also be attending.

David Sinclair spoke at the Business of Ageing conference in Dublin. The event received a good coverage in the press and David and the ILC-UK have been mentioned in Irish Times. Press coverage available here and here.

Dr Craig Berry spoke on 29th March 2011 at the III International Congress on Long Term Care and Quality of Life in Madrid. The presentation of Dr Berry was on 'Long-term care funding: the Dilnot Commission and the co-existence of public and private systems in the UK'.


ILC-UK in the News

Dr Craig Berry wrote an article for Mature Times on John Hutton's final report on public sector pensions that you can find here.

Rebecca Taylor wrote an article for the BSG newsletter on older people and functional food that you can find here.

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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