When Trends Collide

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.

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ILC-UK in the news: April 2015

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

Retirement: Are we really seeing a social revolution?

The Times splashed today that “Baby boomers are spearheading a social revolution by redefining retirement and old age.” [1]

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

Guest blog: Peter Langford – Get Involved in Silver Sunday 2014!

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.
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