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 are new rules of living longer…
Eleven of them to be precise, based on current life expectancy. But we may need to add a few more with hindsight and health technology. First new rule – you will be working longer to pay for that longer life. Just adding three years to your life expectancy (the difference between my daughter and her daughter’s average ‘vital’ statistics) could cost upwards of £130,000 in today’s money. In the UK, nine years of extra life have already been added since those retiring in the 1980s. Imagine if you add another 25 years. Or another 40. How much longer will you have to work? Will you ever be able to retire?
On the 1st of September the Office for National Statistics produced its latest figures mapping the increase in life expectancy for men and women in England and Wales. The figures, which map the progression of life expectancy between 1841 and 2012, captured the interest of the national press, leading to a number of stories reporting the upward trend and speculating on its significance.
With the General Election at the start of the month, ILC-UK published our analysis of the main party manifestos, Vision needed to tackle the challenge of population ageing. Continue reading
April has seen the ILC-UK publish two major reports: The Missing Million – Recommendations for Action and The Funeral Time Bomb.
The Missing Million is the third and final publication of a series of reports ILC-UK have produced in collaboration with Business in the Community and Prime, and highlighted the major themes as well as providing recommendations for business and government to help people stay in work longer. Continue reading
The phrase coined by a Clinton campaign strategist during an American Presidential election over 20 years ago still rings true for May 2015. But are there any intergenerational differences in voting motivations?
There is nothing new about dying. Whilst this statement is factually correct it is also the reality when it comes to the way most of us talk about and deal with death.
The Times splashed today that “Baby boomers are spearheading a social revolution by redefining retirement and old age.” 
It reminded me of this published by Dodge in 1962 (52 years ago!)
‘Within the brief space of fifty years, a rapidly increasing population of older citizens has caused a change in the attitude of the total population. No longer do senior citizens feel that their potential contribution to society is ended. As they observe numerous older persons in fine health and enjoying activity, they see emerging a changing attitude which may allow them to live as active members of our society. This new role for senior citizens is now in the process of evolving.’ Continue reading
Silver Sunday, on 5th October 2014, is an annual day of free activities and events for older people across the UK. It aims to celebrate the value and knowledge they contribute to our communities and to also combat the loneliness which affects many older people. A recent survey announced that 2/5 of older people regard their TV as their main form of company and Silver Sunday’s goal is to reach out to these isolated members of the community.