Improvements in living standards and healthcare have resulted in increased life expectancy is increasing across the globe.
However, despite many older people being far healthier than previous generations, there is still a gap between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy – that is years lived in good health.
This is particularly important given that pension age is rising in many countries and in some there is a gap between current predicted healthy life expectancy and future pension age. For example, in the UK, the state pension age will rise to 68, but a 2010 report on health inequalities in England suggested that nearly 75% of the population will not be in good enough health to work until the age of 68.
One of ILC’s main goals is to further the concept and implementation of “Healthy Ageing”. What exactly is “Healthy Ageing”? The European Union funded healthy ageing project defined healthy ageing as:
“the process of optimising equal opportunities for health in order to enable older people to take an active part in society and to enjoy an independent and good quality of life.
ILC sees healthy ageing as a holistic and all encompassing concept, which includes health related interventions as well as action in other areas which can impact health.
Activities to further healthy ageing could include:
*Access to healthcare services
*Physical exercise and nutrition strategies
*Reducing age discrimination in health, employment and education policy
Preventative interventions and health promotion are particularly important because of their potential impact on chronic diseases. While we hear every day that healthcare costs are increasing because of an ageing population, much of the increased demand on healthcare resources is related to chronic disease and not age per se. If chronic diseases can be prevented, their onset delayed or even just managed well, this can have a positive impact on the lives of older people as well as a potential cost savings for healthcare systems.
Incontinence – a public health issue to be dealt with using a life-course approach
18 April 2018
ILC-BR President Alexandre Kalache bringing ageing to the Transnational Law Summit
13 April 2018
Ina Voelcker participated in the IFA Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Workshop for Latin America ILC-BR and gave a presentation at the National Institute for Geriatrics.
09 April 2018
On October 5, ILC-BR organized a seminar to discuss the importance of vaccination across all ages. The seminar was held at Iamspe, the Institute for Medical Assistance for Public Servants of the
07 October 2017
Civicus and IDS (Instituto de Democracia e Sustentabilidade), with support of IABS (Instituto Brasileiro de Desenvolvimento e Sustentabilidade) brought together about 20 representatives of
16 December 2016
The new course ‘Healthy Ageing in 6 Steps. Let your environment do the work’ starts 1 December 2016 on online learning platform edX. Learn how to make healthy choices and adjustments
17 November 2016
A one day workshop on “Orientation of Seniors as Volunteers for the Niramay Arogya Seva Project (Healthy Living)” was jointly organized by the Association of Senior Citizens’
29 September 2016
On 3-6 May 2016, the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) celebrated its first 20 years. Collaborators from across Australia gathered to present findings from the study,
01 June 2016
ILC South Africa, the South African Care Forum and North-West University (Optentia Research Focus Area) with the The Albertina and Walter Sisulu Institute of Ageing in Africa (IAA), University of
27 May 2016
Francoise Forette and Laurence Dorlhac published in January 2016 a book dedicated to the role of an evidence based medicine for an healthy aging “J’ai choisi de bien vieillir&
25 February 2016
ILC- France is proud to announce the launch of CLIC PREVENTION SANTE, an online health prevention tool for all ages developed by ILC France and sponsored by KLESIA (
25 November 2015
The symposium, to be held on 6th June 2015, will explore an increasingly influential view in Japan that preparing for one’s departure from life should be an integral component of one’s
28 May 2015
This lecture series had four lectures from the 21st of September 2013 to the 15th of January 2014, the anniversary of the detah of DR S D Gokhale. Two further lectures were held on the 22nd of
25 November 2014
Dr. Rosy Pereya, President of International Longevity Center Dominican Republic, and the Dominican network for Dignity in Old Age, which she coordinates, celebrated WEAAD (World Elder Abuse
29 August 2014
The International Longevity Centre-India (ILC-I) organized a Mini Walkathon of senior citizens to mark the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on the 15th of June 2014 in Pune.
25 June 2014
For the third consecutive year, one of Brazil's largest financial services companies, Bradesco Seguros (BS) granted on October 15 2013 in Sao Paulo two national awards for
04 November 2013
An insight of Fight Against Malnutrition campaign
21 September 2009
Current societal and financial challenges are demanding a revision of how health budgets are spent with a view to increasing both savings and sustainability.
13 November 2013
ILC-Japan published this report as a tribute to Dr. Robert Butler, the father of gerontology and the founder of ILC Global Alliance.
05 August 2011
This report highlights the omission of ageing and of Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias from the current focus of the UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases, taking
07 July 2011
A background paper on innovative policy reforms to facilitate active and healthy ageing in OECD countries.
13 June 2011
A report from a dinner debate with the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance, Cape Town
12 May 2011
Functional foods can play a role in supporting older people’s health says ILC-UK report.
10 November 2010
ILCSA was admitted to the ILC Global Alliance in June 2005. It is operated within The Albertina and Walter Sisulu Institute of Ageing in Africa (IAA) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the
01 January 2010
Older Europeans are not well vaccinated and therefore not well protected against vaccine preventable diseases. Identifying and developing strategies for overcoming barriers to vaccination is
31 August 2009
This ILC-France report describes demographic data and examines the causes of the increase in longevity and implications on working lives.
31 January 2009
An ILC-Israel executive summary of the longitudinal study on on the effects of coping patterns with deterioration in health on successful aging.
31 January 2009
In a super-aging society Japan it is predicted that people aged 75 or older living alone and elderly couple-only households will go on increasing.
30 December 2008
Françoise Forette, CEO of ILC-France, explores the concept of functional dependency and its link with the increase of longevity.
31 August 2008
This ILC-UK policy brief is the third and final publication of a series focusing on policies addressing obesity in the UK.
30 June 2008
the international Longevity Centre- India has come out with this book to understand this global phenomenon of 'ageing' and its implications in the right spirit and perspective.
30 June 2008
Obesity is a major public health problem in the UK. This report provides a comprehensive review of innovations and problems in tackling this challenge in light of devolution.
28 February 2008
A report on a pilot study towards a health intervention under the Study to Understand and Foster the Functioning and Involvement of Contributive Elders (SUFFICE) project has been released.
30 November 2007