After a glorious July, we are delighted to bring you the latest edition of the ILC-UK update.

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ILC-UK Publications

Ageing, longevity and demographic change: A Factpack of statistics from the International Longevity Centre-UK
We all know that people are living longer but how is this changing our society? ILC-UK has produced a ‘Factpack’ of demographic statistics for the UK. The 12-page booklet provides statistics on a range of topics from life expectancy to housing supply, from pensions to the popularity of smart-phones amongst today’s older generations.
To download the 'Factpack', visit the ILC-UK website.

Understanding the oldest old
A briefing from ILC-UK and the Personal Finance Research Centre (PFRC) on the 85+ age group with new findings from Understanding Society.
Using new data from UK’s largest ever social survey, Understanding Society, PRFC and ILC-UK have uncovered startling preliminary findings about the ‘oldest old’ (aged over 85) and their levels of participation, wellbeing and health.
For more information, and to download the briefing, click here.

Personal Care Savings Bonds - a new way of saving towards social care in later life
The development of a whole new financial savings product called Personal Care Savings Bonds (PCSBs) could help ease the social care funding crisis facing the UK.
This paper was launched at an event in the House of Lords on 13th June 2013. Professor Les Mayhew's presentation slides can be viewed on the event page.
Download a PDF of the report here.

A review and summary of the impact of malnutrition in older people and the reported costs and benefits of interventions
ILC-UK and Malnutrition Task Force have jointly published a review of the impact of malnutrition on older people and the reported costs and benefits of interventions.
In this report Dr Lisa Wilson (ILC-UK) considers the cost of malnutrition in the UK and the interventions and preventative measures which have been proven to work in tackling both the causes and consequences of malnutrition.
Click here to download a PDF of the report.

What role for extra care housing in a socially isolated landscape?
Extra Care housing can play a vital role in reducing the isolation and loneliness of older people, but too few people benefit, warns a leading think-tank on ageing and demographic change.
A report by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) for the Housing Learning & Improvement Network, has found that older people who move into extra care housing very often find this brings great benefits to their social lives and helps them to develop new friendships.
Download the report here.



European policy debate: How do we support older workers?
Tuesday 3rd September 2013, 16:00 (for 16:30 start) - 18:30, followed by a drinks reception.

We are delighted to be welcoming Steve Webb MP at the launch of this important research. 'Working Longer: an EU perspective' will be launched at the event, and we will hear from David Sinclair, ILC-UK, who has co-authored the report. We are grateful to Prudential for supporting both the research and the launch event.

This event is now full. However, we are operating a waiting list. If you would like to add your details to the waiting list, please click here.

2013 Party Conferences
September and October 2013

ILC-UK are working with the Ready for Ageing Alliance to organise a series of small “fireside chats” at the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Party Conferences.

These informal discussions, which will take place within the secure zone, will allow key policymakers, industry and consumer groups to meet with senior members of the Ready for Ageing alliance to discuss how we can work together to best respond to the long term challenges of our ageing society.

ILC-UK is also organising an event with the University of Manchester and the Ready for Ageing Alliance on intergenerational relations. We are working on another event, supported by Stepchange, with PFRC at Bristol University, and Age UK on debt in old age.

2013 and 2014 ILC-UK events calendar
As we will be continuing to schedule events throughout the autumn and into 2014, please continue to check the EVENTS tab of the ILC-UK website for updates.

If you are interested in working with us on an event in late 2013 or in 2014, please email Lyndsey Mitchell at



Recently on the ILC-UK blog we've been responding to news that the number of workers aged over 65 has passed one million; that Government will not be producing a White Paper on ageing in response to the report of Lord Filkin's Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change, and finally on National Care Home Open Day on the 21st June.

As part of our work with the Personal Finance Research Centre (PFRC) on financial circumstances and wellbeing, we published some figures on the oldest old, discussed in a blog by PFRC colleagues. We've also been speaking about our new factpack of demographic and ageing statistics. The Factpack can be downloaded in the Publication section above.

We're continuing to publish guest blogs, and have recently heard from Alex Campbell on the need to support younger people in saving for the future; and from MSc student Carol Cleary, promoting her research (undertaken on the ILC-UK Twitter feed, @ILCUK) on older users of social media.

Finally, we've had a particular focus on health over the last few months, with updates on the Malnutrition Task Force; commentary on the need for public health to support healthy ageing; and a piece originally written for the ILC Global Alliance on the case for adult immunisation.

You can access the ILC-UK blog here; and the ILC Global Alliance blog here.

If you would like to write a guest blog for us, please contact


ILC-UK out and about
In June, Dr Dylan Kneale presented the findings of the report ‘What role for Extra Care Housing in a socially isolated landscape?’ (report featured above) at the South West Region Housing LIN meeting in Blandford Forum.

Findings from our joint project with the Personal Finance Research Centre on financial circumstances and wellbeing in older people will be presented at a number of conferences in the autumn. Presentations will be made at the British Society of Gerontology, British Society for Population Studies, Royal Geographical Society and the Gerontological Society of America conferences.


Working with ILC-UK

Commissioning ILC-UK research and supporting an ILC-UK event
Research and events produced by ILC-UK are made possible by funding from various sources. If you are interested in commissioning ILC-UK research or supporting an ILC-UK event, please contact David Sinclair at

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


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.