Will an increase in health spending, at the expense of other forms of social expenditure adversely affect health? New ILC-UK analysis shows that social spending is positively associated with increase life expectancy and curtailing investment may undermine efforts to improve the nation’s health.
We don’t usually think of asthma as a condition that affects older people. However asthma can develop at any time across the life course, and prevalence increases with age. Asthma can also be difficult to differentiate from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and these two conditions can be comorbid. Data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (also known as Women’s Health Australia) show how rates of asthma are increasing with age, and across the generations. Continue reading
With Poundworld going into administration, and the announced closure of two-fifths of House of Fraser’s shops, it is clearer than ever that the face of our high streets is changing. Older consumers have powerful spending potential but this frequently goes untapped; steps need to be taken to ensure that the market is properly catering to the grey shopper. Continue reading
What makes a country good at football? ILC analysis shows that it’s not all about money or demographics, but that how well-established their international football record is.
Supporting people as they age is a key policy challenge for 2018, but new analysis shows that the burden of care is earlier felt by Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) people than their non-LGB counterparts, raising the question of whether enough support is offered to this group. Continue reading
In May, members of the ILC Global Alliance met on Bintan Island, Indonesia, for a strategic planning meeting and protocol development workshop. We had a productive and inspiring meeting that will carry our work forward well into the future. Continue reading
A focus on intergenerational inequalities risks side-lining the importance of other inequalities, including intragenerational, and may lead to the misjudged policy solutions.
Today’s local elections are widely touted as being a sure-fire success story for the Labour Party, but demographic changes since 2014 suggest it may not be as simple as that. Continue reading
As an entrepreneur who, for the second time, set up in in later life, I became interested in the specific challenges older women entrepreneurs face. With encouragement and some trepidation, I enrolled at Aston Business School to undertake doctoral research leading to a DBA (Doctor of Business Research). Continue reading
Dr Tony Rao writes the risks of long-term drug treatment and the future of pain management in older people for our guest blog.