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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New data analysis reveals the vast market for health apps – including the 760,000 ‘living fast, dying young’ under 40s who smoke, drink frequently, have a smart phone and regularly use the internet.

We are recruiting for a temporary Events Coordinator to coordinate and support our busy events calendar for the remainder of 2018, build on our external communications and assist the Head of External Affairs on communications around our Future of Ageing conference.

New international report explores the relationship between life expectancy and productivity in developed countries.

ILC-UK are once again looking for someone to speak for 10 minutes on the plenary platform in front of 250 people at our annual Future of Ageing Conference (29th November, London).

“Auto-enrolment has successfully led to millions more saving each month towards a pension, but the Committee is right to call for action to get people saving more. We are pleased they support our recommendations to consider automatic escalation of pension contributions for some individuals, and we agree that a strategy is needed to automatically-enrol the self-employed."

Dr Brian Beach, Senior Research Fellow at ILC-UK and who gave oral evidence to the Committee, welcomes the Committee’s call for stronger action by Government and EHRC and says it’s crucial that employers understand what ageism really is.