The Future of Ageing 2017: Transforming Tomorrow Today

Wednesday, 29th November 2017 - 9:00 - 18:00 (approx.)

Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

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Time for Transformation, a new ‘normal’ – 
where society has aligned and adapted to the fact we are living longer.

The world is going through turbulent times. But one thing is certain – it is getting older.

ILC-UK has been active for 16 years and have witnessed some significant change over this time. Yet progress has been far too slow and we are still talking about issues which should have been solved 10 years ago.

This conference will aim to reinvigorate those of us already convinced of the importance of ageing. But to achieve the transformation we need must reach beyond the usual suspects. We need businesses, entrepreneurs, people managers, and marketing professionals to work with the charity sector and policy makers and politicians to deliver change. And we need to help provide the evidence to make the case for action.

Our third conference will seek to kick-start that transformation. It won’t be a run of the mill “ageing” conference. It will be different. We will challenge and energise you. We want the conference to lead to change.
If we are to make the most of the opportunity of age we need to engage businesses and community leaders to act.

We want everyone to come away learning something new and with a plan to act. We will set the groundwork to inspire and support government, business and voluntary organisations to better prepare, adapt and prosper in a longer-lived society. The conference will reach new businesses and other stakeholders.

You will disagree with some of what our presenters have to say. That’s fine, the Future of Ageing Conference is a place to have these honest debates. And you will get the opportunity to have your say.

The Future of Ageing Conference will

  • be brave enough to have the honest conversations we need to have
  • convene experts and innovators
  • challenge our own prejudices and yours
  • debate some of the big issues
  • avoid stereotyping. We won’t let people generalise about older or younger people or even about cohorts. Saying “The baby boomers X” will be banned.
  • debating the evidence rather than present it
  • avoid “the ageing Cliché”
  • try and cause mischief and have some fun
  • invite unexpected contributors to talk about the big and familiar issues
  • challenge every speaker
  • Insist speakers focus on the transforming tomorrow today

But we won’t...

  • repeat what people already know. Before the conference delegates will get a short factpack setting out the evidence
  • allow presenters to show us showing population pyramids (we all know we are ageing)
  • pretend that ageing is always good and that old age is always the best time of our lives. Too many older people spend too much of their time alone, in poor health, with only the TV for company
  • let people say “The fact we are living longer is a good thing”. It doesn’t need to be said. And it undermines the fact that for too many people today, old age isn’t a good or happy time
  • try to sex up ageing or pretend there are simple solutions
  • let anyone use imagery of older people’s hands in their presentation. And we won’t have any smiling studio shots of older people on the beach.


Andrew Scott, author of the 100-year life ( and Professor of Economics, London Business School, will speak at #futureofageing 2017. He will set out how we need to adopt our economy to support increased longevity.


The conference will also feature a debate on how we can best maximise the economic contribution of older people. The debate, chaired by Diane Kenwood (Editor, Woman’s Weekly) will feature

John McTernan (SVP PSB & Former Political Secretary to Tony Blair)
See what John has to say about the older consumer here.
Follow John on twitter at @johnmcternan

Jane Ashcroft (Chief Executive, Anchor)
Anchor have been running a Standing up 4 Sitting Down campaign to improve access to shopping and the high street: see it here.

Follow Jane on twitter @ashcrofts

Debora Price (Micra and BSG President)
Follow Debora on twitter at @GerontologyUK

Andrew Scott (Professor of Economics, London Business School)
Follow Andrew on twitter at @ajslondon1


The 2017 Future of Ageing Conference will also host a debate on 'The Future of End'. Will we live forever, or die in style? Will the dead keep tweeting, and can we continue to take selfies with the deceased? Are funerals as we know them outdated, or are the hearse and black suit here to stay?

The debate, chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross OBE (Chief Executive, ILC-UK) will feature:

Professor Douglas Davies (Director, Centre for Death and Life Studies) - Prof. Davies is Professor in Durham University's Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and one of the UK's foremost experts on death, dying and ritual.

Louise Winter (Founder, Poetic Endings) - A professional funeral celebrant and Founder of Poetic Endings, an alternative funeral directors based in London, Louise believes that 'A funeral doesn't have to be like the ones you've been to in the past'.
Read more about Poetic Endings and Louise's innovative approach to funerals in her June 2017 interview with The Guardian.

Dave Eaton (Policy and Public Affairs Manager, ILC-UK) - Dave holds an MA (Res) in Digital Thanatology for his thesis on Death and Social Media. He will be discussing the changing ways in which we might remember the deceased in the future. Find out whether virtual reality means that those who have passed away can continue to live online, and whether the deceased will keep on tweeting.

Louise Winter will also kindly be running a Death Café during lunch.
Click here to find out more about Death Cafés.


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Corporate Rate
£235+VAT (Early Bird Rate, valid until the 31st August 2017)
£299+VAT (Full Rate, from the 1st September 2017)

Charity/ Not for Profit/ Uni /Individuals Rate
£155+VAT (Early Bird Rate, valid until the 31st August 2017)
£210+VAT (Full Rate, from the 1st September 2017)

PhD Students
£110+VAT (no further discount applicable)

If you are a member of the ILC-UK Partners Programme, please contact us at for a Partners Programme Discount Code.

There is a £50 non-refundable charge on all bookings.
Cancellations within 14 days of the conference will be charged 50% of the purchased cost.
Cancellations within 7 days of the conference are non-refundable.
If you wish to transfer your ticket to a colleague, please contact us at

We have a range of sponsorship, advertising and promotional opportunities to suit your company's objectives and budget. Our team are dedicated to understanding your aims and will help to put together a bespoke package to suit your needs.
Please contact Fabiana Bertin or Dave Eaton on 0207 340 0440 or for more information.


We are grateful to McCarthy & Stone for their sponsorship of this conference.

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To view the slides delivered at the 2016 ILC-UK Future of Ageing Conference, please see below.



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