Guest Blog: Dr Hannah Marston, Research Fellow, The Open University’s Faculty of Mathematics, Computer and Technology – The Future of Technology in the Lives of an Ageing Society


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


Technology has become an integral part of people’s lives since the turn of the 21st Century.

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Guest Blog: Matt Singleton, Senior Business Analyst, Swiss Re – The Future of Life and Health Insurance: How to stop ‘losing’ 40 million potential customers


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


This photograph was taken three years ago and it’s one of my many favourites.

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Guest Blog: Dr Noriko Cable, UCL – The Future of Social Relationships and Healthy Ageing: A research example from Japan


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


Given the growth in the population of older adults in the UK, people have been encouraged to maintain good health in preparation for healthy ageing. In Japan, one quarter of adults are aged 65 and over.

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Guest Blog: Rochelle Amour, Ageing Consultant and Writer – The Future of Healthcare: The challenges and opportunities facing Trinidad and Tobago’s aging population


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


A few weeks ago, a video of an 89-year old man being physically and verbally abused at a private Old Age Home in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) elicited national outrage on social media. The incident raised serious concerns about the challenges Trinbagonians face regarding the health and care of older persons. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Luis Recuenco – The Future of Retirement: Couples’ retirement decisions, joint retirement, and retirement age


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


During the greater part of the 20th century there was only one deciding factor for couples facing retirement: the husband’s circumstances. The spectacular increase of women participating in the labour market within the last decades implies that many more couples, with long work histories, from which both are entitled to pensions, are reaching retirement age.

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Guest Blog: Dr Helen Beers, HSE’s Health and Safety Laboratory – The Future of Ageing: Ageing and health and safety at work


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


The increase in the average age of the UK population, and workforce, are trends that are anticipated to continue.  By 2020, it is estimated that almost 25% of the population will be aged 60 or over, and 36% of the working population will be aged over 50.  The trend for an ageing workforce is coinciding with other trends such as increases in work intensity, and changes in technology and patterns of work. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Eric Khilstrom, CEO of KareInn, and Tina Woods, Head of Lansons Health – The Future of Retirement Savings : a new way of thinking about ageing is needed to come up with innovative solutions for the future


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


There is a real danger of the generation retiring between 2025 and 2040 being underprepared for retirement, caused by inadequate savings and pensions pots being overly dominated by macroeconomic tinkering.  This is increasing the risk of a “sandwich generation” required to care for the generation above and below them simultaneously.

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Guest Blog: Tina Woods, Head of Lansons Health and Eric Khilstrom, CEO of KareInn – The Future of elderly care: a new way of thinking about ageing is needed to come up with innovative solutions for the future


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


“The first person to reach the age of 135 has already been born, but it is wrong to think that we can take the life stories of our parents and grandparents as a blueprint for the way our own lives should unfold” according to Rudi Westendorp, an expert on geriatric medicine who has just written a book “Growing Older without Feeling Old”.

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Companies pledge to lead the way in tackling the challenges of demographic change

On Wednesday 18th November, a group of major national and international companies signed an open letter, pledging to ‘work over the next five years to help make our ageing society and economy more sustainable‘.

In the letter, the companies point out that ‘without action, our ageing society poses a risk to the UK economy and our business’.

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