The June edition of the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) Newsletter.

In this edition we cover:

  • Dates for the Diary
  • New ILC-UK Publications
  • New ILC-UK Blog Posts
  • Supporting ILC-UK Partnership Programme
  • Staff
  • Recent Events
  • ILC-UK in the News


Dates for the Diary

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

ILC-UK is currently undertaking an evidence review on behalf of Thomas Pocklington Trust on sight loss in care homes. This review will examine the existing regulations and practices which frame this issue and gather wider information on eye health and eye examinations in care homes. We will also be holding an expert stakeholder meeting on Thursday 23 June from 2-4.30pm in the Boardroom, 11 Tufton St, London SW1P 3QB, to discuss the recommendations of this review. If you are interested in contributing to this evidence review, or attending the stakeholder meeting, please contact Jessica Watson on 020 734 00440.

30 June - stakeholder meeting to discuss the final draft of a new ILC-UK Provocation for NESTA on “Innovation in Extending Working Lives”. For further information, contact David Sinclair at ILC-UK.

ILC-UK is finalising our plans for activities at the Party Conferences in the autumn. If you would like more information or to support any of our events, please contact David Sinclair or Noreen Siba.

Dates for events in autumn 2011:
18 October - ‘Funding of Long Term Care’ day conference with Andrew Dilnot, Chair, Commission on Funding of Care and Support
22 November - ‘Preventative Health in the Workplace’ debate
29 November - ‘Centenarians and oldest old’ Robert Butler lecture by Professor Tom Kirkwood

ILC-UK is planning our events programme for 2012. We organise around 20 events a year, from private dinners through to large conferences. If you would like to work with us on our future events programme, please get in touch.


New ILC-UK Publications

Resuscitating Retirement Saving: How to Help Today’s Young People Plan for Later Life

Past caring? Widening the Debate on Long Term Care

Can Localism work for Older People in Urban Environments?

Narrowing World Health Disparities and Longevity


New ILC-UK Blog Posts

How can we measure happiness

Guest Blog - Paul Teverson, McCarthy & Stone: Housing Britain’s baby boomers

Is an international convention on the rights of the older person necessary?

Do we really want to know how long we’ll live?

Can Localism work for Older People in Urban Areas?

Dropping targets for adult participation in sport could prove an expensive folly

Older people and natural disasters: the Japanese tsunami

Health at a Glance: Europe 2010

Budget 2011 and Intergenerational Fairness


Supporting us: ILC-UK Partnership Programme

The ILC-UK Partnership Programme is a unique opportunity for organisations 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. As a Partner, organisations gain a very significant insight and understanding into these societal changes and the challenges they create for business and society. ILC-UK offers a number of bespoke services as well as Partner only events.

The current ILC-UK Partners are:

- Amgen
- Anchor
- Audley
- Aviva
- BT
- Danone
- Legal and General
- Partnership
- Prudential
- Swiss RE
- Xafinity Paymaster

If you would like further information about the ILC-UK Partnership Programme, contact Noreen Siba at ILC-UK on 0207 340 0440 or



We are excited to announce a new staff member who has joined us in the past month: Rosie Rooney. Rosie joined ILC-UK in May 2011 as Administrative and Events Assistant. In 2010 Rosie graduated from the University of Edinburgh, receiving a History MA (Hons). She has since worked for the London Borough of Waltham Forest Council and as a Volunteer Caseworker for Rushanara Ali MP. Rosie is particularly interested in improving social capital and preventing isolation in the older community.


Recent Events

The ILC-UK, supported by Partnership, organised a series of seminars exploring the role of the private sector in delivering and supporting care. These seminars aimed at influencing public and private thinking ahead of the publication of the report of the Commission on the funding of care and support.

On 10 May ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession in partnership with ESRC organised a joint debate on “Measuring Quality of Life”. The event examined and discussed both Professor Bowling and the ONS’ new measure of quality of life, the complexities of measuring happiness and how these measurements approach these issues, and how we can ensure that the wellbeing of older people is given due attention. ILC-UK have also organised events on this subject in Dublin (with CARDI) and in Kensington. We have two final events coming up in Derby and Cambridge.

ILC-UK, along with HelpAge International and Alzheimer’s Disease International, held an expert stakeholder lunch meeting on the UN High-Level meeting on Non-Communicable diseases in the House of Lords. The aim of the meeting was to review the implication of the omission of ageing and of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias from the current focus on the UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases on 19 and 20 September 2011. The report of the event will be soon available on the website.


ILC-UK in the News

ILC-UK has received good media coverage over the past few months including coverage of our think piece on care funding (e.g. and the recently published report on resuscitating retirement saving: (e.g.
Dr Craig Berry has contributed articles on care funding to the Inequalities blog ( and the LSE Politics and Policy Blog (

Find ILC-UK on:



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