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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
*Health promotion
*Preventative healthcare
*Physical exercise and nutrition strategies
*Reducing age discrimination in health, employment and education policy
*Adequate pensions

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.

News

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

Civicus and IDS (Instituto de Democracia e Sustentabilidade), with support of IABS (Instituto Brasileiro de Desenvolvimento e Sustentabilidade) brought together about 20 representatives of

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

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’

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,

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

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&

The International Longevity Centre-India (ILC-I) is the Satellite Centre of the United Nations’ International Institute on Ageing, Malta for the SAARC region.

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  (

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

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

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

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.

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

An insight of Fight Against Malnutrition campaign

Reports

Current societal and financial challenges are demanding a revision of how health budgets are spent with a view to increasing both savings and sustainability.

An ILC-UK report examining the ideas, issues and challenges of the integration of health and social care services.

ILC-Japan published this report as a tribute to Dr. Robert Butler, the father of gerontology and the founder of ILC Global Alliance.

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

A background paper on innovative policy reforms to facilitate active and healthy ageing in OECD countries.

A report from a dinner debate with the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance, Cape Town

Functional foods can play a role in supporting older people’s health says ILC-UK report.

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

The International Handbook on Aging. Current research and developments.

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

This ILC-France report describes demographic data and examines the causes of the increase in longevity and implications on working lives.

An ILC-Israel executive summary of the longitudinal study on on the effects of coping patterns with deterioration in health on successful aging.

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.

This ILC-UK policy brief is the third and final publication of a series focusing on policies addressing obesity in the UK.

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.

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.

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.

The mistaken belief persists that, except for the flu vaccine, children should be the primary recipients of this important area of primary disease prevention.