ILC-UK responds to 2011 Census data on the oldest old published today.

David Sinclair, Assistant Director, Policy and Communications at ILC-UK, responding to the results, said:

“This new evidence reveals that 8.8% for those aged over 85 are still caring for someone. And half of these older carers are providing support for more than 50 hours a week. This demonstrates yet again how much older people are contributing to our society and economy. But it also highlights how social care obligations continue to fall on the most vulnerable. The formal care system is failing our older population.

The new findings paint a picture of significant isolation for a great deal of those aged over 85. A worrying 77% of women and 43% of men are widowed at 85, fuelling growing concerns around isolation and loneliness. ILC-UK research last year found that moving from a couple to a single household led to older people becoming three times more socially excluded. It is time for a strategy for widowhood, to focus on the needs of this group and ensure services are available at this critical time.”


The ILC-UK report ‘Is social exclusion still important for older people’ (2012) used analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing to determine what characteristics of older people were associated with social exclusion from a number of different domains of life (Social relationships; Cultural activities; Civic Activities and Information; Local Amenities; Decent Housing and Public Transport; Financial Products; Common Consumer Goods). The report found that move from living as part of a couple to living alone was associated with a threefold rise in the odds of being socially excluded from multiple domains. The report is available here:

The ONS report ‘What does the 2011 Census tell us about the "oldest old" living in England & Wales?’ is available here:


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The independent think tank the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is seeking a summer intern to start on Monday 23 July. The intern would work 4 days a week for a period of 4 weeks, with the possibility of extension.

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On 19th June entries opened for the Innovating for Ageing initiative, a competition to identify solutions to the challenges facing vulnerable consumers.

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) and Just Group have analysed the submissions and created a shortlist to take forward that helps deal with ageing issues such as cognitive decline, failing physical health, loneliness and digital exclusion.

We are looking for an experienced, flexible and proactive candidate to support the Senior Management Team in managing the financials of the organisation.