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

World Diabetes Day Special Guest Blog

Malcolm Bigg, 69, was diagnosed in 2001 with Type 2 diabetes. Ahead of World Diabetes Day on Saturday, Malcolm explains how he turned his life around with the help of an education course.

“I was watching a play on television about someone who had diabetes. All the symptoms he was talking about applied to me. A quick visit to the doctors confirmed the diagnosis and panic set in.

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Guest Blog: Dr Jon Minton, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow – The Future of Life Expectancy: Shifting mortality hurdles and why ageing isn’t what it used to be


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.


“No one wins. One side just loses more slowly.”

This statement, made by Prez, a character on the critically acclaimed TV show The Wire, isn’t a bad way to start thinking about longevity. Of course no one can live for ever; all we can do is lose more slowly, travelling further along the life course to reach ever older ages. The life course is a series of hurdles, age specific mortality risks, each of varying heights, each of which have to be cleared before we can continue to live another year. We hope to clear more of these hurdles, travelling further into older ages, and hope to do so without sustaining too many sprains and injuries (acquiring multiple morbidities) along the way. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Prof Neil Pendleton, Salford Royal NHS Trust – The future challenges and opportunities of health and care in 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.


At its simplest, we know lifespan is increasing, and that our health and social needs become more complex as we age. And we know this changing demographic is generating huge challenges for our health and social care system which can struggle to meet even acceptable standards of care, especially for frail older adults. So how do we respond? As a hospital consultant, I agree that we can and must do better for older people. Most commentators are calling for radical system change, but what is needed? What are the opportunities presented by devolution and the integration of health and social care in areas such as Greater Manchester? And what improvements can we expect? Continue reading