Welcome to the August edition of the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) Newsletter.

In this edition we cover:

  • New Publications …
  • Dates for the diary …
  • New ILC-UK Blog Posts …
  • Additional News …


New Publications …

Care home sweet home: care home of the future
This new ‘futures’ report draws on the challenges facing residential care homes over the next 20 years. ILC-UK argues for the care home to become a ‘community hub’, integrating services and resources into the mainstream of local communities.  Read more.

Undetected sight loss in care homes: an evidence review

Visual impairment and poor eye health is frequently ignored in care homes impacting on quality of life and independence for older people. Read more.

Dates for the Diary …

ILC-UK discussion, supported by Age UK: Is Social Exclusion still important for Older People?

19th September 2012
ILC-UK, 11 Tufton Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3QP.
08:15 (for an 08:30 start) to 09:30

The concept of social exclusion explicitly recognises that material exclusion is both caused by and causes exclusion from other domains essential for wellbeing, and builds on a longstanding tradition within public policy and social science research. Read more

This event is now at capacity. However, there are occasions where delegates are no longer able to attend and spaces become available.

For more details on the event and to register your details on the waiting list, please click here.

Wither Retirement?: Working beyond State Pension Age

30th September 2012
18:45 (for a 19:00 start)

Private meeting at the Labour Party Conference

The University of Manchester and the International Longevity Centre – UK will be holding a dinner debate to explore the future of work and retirement for those beyond state pension age. We will focus a discussion on explicit policy ideas as to how Government and employers can best support individuals to work longer. Read more.

This is a 'by invitation only' event, however if you are interested in attending, please email

ILC-UK events with The Actuarial Profession

On the 16th October and 21st November, ILC-UK will be holding events, hosted by The Actuarial Profession at the beautiful Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn.

Continue to check the ILC-UK events page for updates on these events, their topics and speakers.

New ILC-UK Blogs …

Care home of the future – What do you think?
Last month, with the support of Barchester Healthcare, ILC-UK published a new report (Care home sweet home) which explored a vision for the care home of the future. While producing the report, we asked a group of key stakeholders and members of the public for their views. Read more.

‘When I’m 65′: BBC season on ageing breaks new broadcasting territory

Tonight the BBC opens its new season, ‘When I’m 65’ [1], a series of programmes seeking to explore the challenges that older people currently face and spark debate about how we can better meet these challenges in view of the emerging demographic profile. Read more.

If not Dilnot, what?

On 29 May, Lord Lipsey hosted an event in the House of Lords, exploring the potentially contentious issue of “If not Dilnot, what?”. Whilst most speakers accepted that at this stage, Dilnot is probably “the only show in town”, the event considered how the Dilnot recommendations may need to be adapted to meet a changing political reality. Read more.

Live blog: Retirement Income Summit: a joint event from ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession, supported by Aviva and Partnership.

This is the live blog for the joint ILC-UK and Actuarial Profession Retirement Income Summit, supposed by Aviva and Partnership taking place from 12.55pm on Wednesday 20th June at Staple Inn Hall, home of the Actuarial Profession on High Holborn. Read more.

People with average-sized pension pots are entitled to reasonable outcomes. How can we improve the pensions annuity process for the consumer and industry?

Buying an annuity at retirement is one of the largest financial transactions people make in their lifetime. This can be a daunting process for many and the complexity often means consumers are not getting the best outcome, and unfortunately there is no second chance to get a better retirement income. Read more.

For all ILC-UK blog posts, click here.

Additional News …

A sad farewell
We were very sad to say farewell to Rhiannon Freeland as Head of Operations at the end of June. Rhiannon joined the ILC-UK in 2008, managing part-time the day-to-day running of the ILC-UK office, especially our accounts, and the busy events calendar. We wish her all the very best in her new career. Rhiannon will continue to work with ILC-UK on a part-time basis on the accounts, during the recruitment of a new Financial Assistant, and is still part-time Office Manager to Baroness Greengross.

The ILC-UK Partnership Programme
The ILC-UK Partnership Programme is a unique opportunity for the corporate sector to benefit directly from the work-streams, research and policy networks of the only UK think-tank dedicated to addressing longevity, ageing and population change. For more information, and to view a list of our current Partners, click here.

If you are interested in becoming an ILC-UK Partner, please contact the ILC-UK Managing Director, Noreen Siba, at

2013 ILC-UK events calendar
We are currently planning our 2013 events calendar. We hold approximately 20 events per year, from dinner and lunch debates to conferences for up to 150 delegates. If you are interested in working with us on a project and event in 2013, please email


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.