Welcome to the March edition of the ILC-UK Update.

We are continuing our work with The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) and Business In The Community, looking at the challenges facing older workers. The first two reports from this series (The Missing Million and The Missing Million: Pathways back into employment) are available to download from the ILC-UK website.

During the course of the year we will be working on projects on improving pay and conditions for the lowest paid care home staff, the future costs of funerals and the headline statistics for critical illness. We will continue to meet with the Commission on Hearing Loss and have recently launched the finance strand of the ILC-UK Sustainable Older Society 2020 (SOS 2020) project with a publication titled 'Here today, gone tomorrow'.

We are also starting work on alcohol abuse in older people, continuing work on dementia and co-morbidities, and will be supporting another European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA) conference in late 2015.

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On 24 November 2015, we will host our first annual conference. During the conference we will paint a picture of the future of ageing and explore the challenges and opportunities ahead. Through our unique lifecourse focus we will explore the potential impact of ageing not just on today’s older population, but also on tomorrow's. The conference will also see the launch of the 2015 ILC-UK Factpack.

We are offering organisations the opportunity to sponsor this conference and have three sponsorship options available to choose from. If you are interested in more details about the sponsorship options, please contact Lyndsey Mitchell, Office and Events Manager, on


ILC-UK 'Understanding Ageing' Workshop Series

In February we held a workshop entitled 'Understand Ageing', taking a broad look at ageing across a number of areas including older workers, future trends in ageing and the health consumer.

As part of the new 'Understanding Ageing Workshop Series', we are delighted to announce our next workshop which will focus on The future of pensions and long-term savings - Risks and opportunities in a challenging economic environment. Presented by Ben Franklin, ILC-UK's Senior Research Fellow, this half day workshop will be held on Thursday 23rd April in London.

For more information about the workshop including venue details, how to register and the cost of attending, please follow the link below:


ILC-UK Publications

Here today, gone tomorrow. How today’s retirement choices could affect financial resilience over the long term.
We have launched a major new report, sponsored by Aviva, providing the first detailed exploration of what certain choices made at the point of retirement today could mean for overall levels of retirement income over the next 30 years.

Consensus revisited-the case for a new Pensions Commission
This report, supported by Prudential, calls upon the next Government to introduce a new independent Pensions Commission to rebuild consensus-based policy making in pensions and tackle the substantial challenge of insufficient incomes in retirement.

A jam-jar model of life expectancy and limits to life
Age at death will increasingly cluster in the 90s and the life expectancy of men and women will converge, according to a study by academics from Cass Business School in partnership with the ILC UK.

The links between social connections and wellbeing in later life
This report is one of two in conjunction with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London. This report emphasises the importance of social connections in later life and highlights the problem of low levels of life satisfaction among older people.

The emotional wellbeing of older carers
This report, the second in a two part series summarising research from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London (UCL), focusses on the UCL findings on the subjective wellbeing of older carers.

Next Generation Health Consumers
New research published today by the ILC-UK reveals a continuing generational divide in access to and trust of health information. The research finds that older people are more likely to use and trust doctors and nurses whilst younger people are more likely than older to look towards pharmacists and online and telephone services.

The Missing Million: Pathways back into employment
The Missing Million: Pathways back into employment – the second in our series – examines the paths that older people take as they seek re-employment, shedding light on these journeys and identifying the predominant obstacles and barriers that continue to keep labour force participation so low among people aged 50+ in the UK.

Serious Illness in the Over 50s
With demand for NHS services already under pressure, new analysis by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) and supported by Engage Mutual, the over-50s life cover specialists, predicts the NHS may have to support up to one million more older people with serious illnesses within the next ten years.

The rise of the silver separators: Divorce and demographics in later life
Over the past decade the divorce rate for the over-60s has grown dramatically, creating challenges around finances and how to ensure mental and physical well-being among the ‘silver separators’. As part of the Population Patterns Seminar Series, this paper looks at the challenges of the growing number of people divorcing and remarrying in later life.

Older Workers Across Europe - Infographic
ILC-UK have worked with Prudential over the last couple of years to consider the impact of demographic change on the European workforce.

A Shock to the System: Electrical Safety in an Ageing Society
This report reveals that the current housing stock is putting vulnerable people at risk, and is not fit to allow people to age safely in their own homes, with those living in low-income households or in rural areas most affected.

Making the system fit for purpose
How consumer appetite for secure retirement income could be supported by the pension reforms. ILC-UK research finds that the majority of people approaching retirement want to use their pension pots to deliver a secure guaranteed income for life, with inflation protection being very important, but many may be too confused to know how to go about achieving this goal.

End of Life Decisions: the information we need on the conversation that no one wants to have…
Human mortality remains at 100 percent; we all eventually die. Ideally, we should all be well informed on end of life choices and how we die should be in our own control. This short ILC-UK briefing summarises the issues debated by Baroness Greengross’ Expert Roundtable on End of Life.

Hydration and Older People in the UK: Addressing the Problem, Understanding the Solutions
Dehydration is an unnecessary and potentially dangerous state for those experiencing it. In the 21st Century in the developed world it seems implausible that people should suffer from poor hydration, yet this is often the case in the UK today. This report was written on behalf of and in consultation with the members of the Parliamentary Hydration Forum.


ILC-UK Events

'Why Survive? Being Old in the 21st Century: Reflections on the Life and Work of Robert Butler'
Wednesday 29 April 2015; 2.00pm-4.00pm; Cordingley Lecture Theatre, Humanities Bridgeford Street, The University of Manchester, M13 9PL

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Robert Butler's seminal work: Why Survive? Being Old in America (Harper & Row, 1975). The book, possibly the most powerful account of ageing ever written, set forward both the state of knowledge about ageing and as well as a political and social manifesto for improving the lives of older people.

In this lecture, Professor Bengston, who knew Robert Butler over a span of four decades, will talk both about his work and its relevance for understanding and studying the lives of older people today.

For more information, and to register to attend the event, please click on the below link.

We will continue to hold both private and public events throughout the course of the year on a range of subjects, from transport in an ageing society to pensions to dementia.

To keep up-to-date with ILC-UK events throughout the year, please continue to check the ILC-UK website on a regular basis.

Public events will also be advertised to our full mailing list mailing list. If you have received this newsletter via a colleague and are not currently registered on our mailing list, you can do so by emailing us at, or by visiting


ILC-UK Blogs

The ILC-UK blog has played host to a wide range of topics in recent months. Andrew Rear, CEO of Munich Re, Africa, Asia Pacific, UK & Ireland Life has written a three part series of guest blogs on the sustainability of retirement and the intergenerational issues it raises. See Guest Blog: Andrew Rear, Munich Re – Unsustainable retirement – the hard landing, Guest Blog: Andrew Rear, Munich Re – Is a hard landing inevitable? and Guest Blog: Andrew Rear, Munich Re – Unlocking retirement choice, for more.

In addition Dr. Tony Rao wrote about alcohol use among older people in Guest Blog: Doctor Tony Rao – Older people and alcohol: Our hidden generation and we heard the latest from Alzheimer’s Research UK in Guest Blog: Jill Walton and Tim Shakespeare, Alzheimer’s Research UK – Raising awareness of young-onset dementia at the House of Lords.

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 us at


Working with ILC-UK

We have revamped our ILC-UK Partners programme. Membership is open to companies and not for profit organisations.

Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Equiniti Paymaster, Legal & General, MGM Advantage, Partnership and Prudential.

For more information see the new Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, We are increasing the cost of our Partners Programme for new members in the Autumn so please get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested in joining.

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,

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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.