ILC-UK were delighted to host the 2014 International Longevity Centre Global Alliance (ILC Global Alliance) Annual Conference in October.



2014 ILC GLobal Alliance Conference
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2014 ILC Global Alliance Annual Conference

ILC-UK were delighted to host the 2014 International Longevity Centre Global Alliance (ILC Global Alliance) Annual Conference in October.

The ILC Global Alliance is an international consortium of member organisations.

The mission of the ILC Global Alliance is to help societies to address longevity and population ageing in positive and productive ways, typically using a life course approach, highlighting older people's productivity and contributions to family and society as a whole. The Alliance member organisations carry out the mission through developing ideas, undertaking research and creating forums for debate and action, in which older people are key stakeholders.

The ILC Alliance currently includes centres in the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, the Dominican Republic, India, South Africa, Argentina, The Netherlands, Israel, Singapore, Czech Republic, China and Brazil. These centres work both autonomously and collaboratively to study how greater life expectancy and increased proportions of older people impact nations around the world and seek to offer solutions to the challenges they bring.

During the conference, we were delighted to welcome three new centres to the alliance: Canada, Australia and Germany, bringing the membership to 17.

More information about the ILC Global Alliance and its members can be found on the ILC Global Alliance website:

During the conference, we held a number of events:
At the Ageing Across the World dinner on Monday 27th October, kindly hosted and supported by EY, we heard from Silvia Stefanoni (HelpAge International) and Ben Franklin (ILC-UK).

Over table discussions we looked at global perspectives on ageing trends with each table focussing on a different region around the world; Africa, Asia, North America, South America and Europe.
The Future of Transport in an Ageing Society was held on Tuesday 28th October and was kindly hosted by Prudential and supported by Age UK.

The event was chaired by Axel Boersch-Supan (ILC-Germany), and we heard presentations from Christian Wolmar, Ian Pearson, Ruth Finkelstein, Geoff Green, and Sir Alan Greengross.

A number of important issues were identified during the event:

Transport is changing: change comes from a number of avenues; environmental, social, political, technological. There is therefore the potential for great improvements to the quality of life of older people as the new transport system which is developing could be designed to better cater to their needs. However, in many cases older people aren’t part of the debate about the future. Despite our ageing society, much of the investment in transport goes on large infrastructure projects, e.g. high speed trains and cross rail.

Conflicts of interest: whatever the area of change, we need to consider what the barriers to progress are going to be in terms of conflicts of interest or special interest groups and the huge costs involved in effective change.

ILC-UK now plans to develop some of the key ideas to come out of the event into a transport innovation workshop in January. This event will bring policy makers, transport experts and older people together to identify the changes that could, and should, be made to the UK transport system.

The presentation slides from this event are available to view
As part of our annual conference, we held an internal joint meeting on the 28th October to discuss ongoing and completed research projects across the member organisations.

This meeting highlighted the success of a number of national projects in a range of areas, as well as updates on collaborative pieces that draw on the expertise and cross-national perspectives that make the Global Alliance such a valuable resource.

The meeting also featured a workshop to develop plans and strategy for a proposed joint project across the ILC members to explore the dynamics of retirement and health within the different social, political, and economic contexts of member countries.
The Post Development Goals 2015 dinner on the evening of the 28th October was supported by Age International. During the dinner we heard from Chris Roles (Age International), and Baroness Lindsay Northover (Lead Spokesperson for Department for International Development in the House of Lords) and Sir Malcolm Bruce MP (Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats).
On Wednesday 29th October we held a symposium on Ageing and Mobility, which was kindly hosted by the Local Government Association and supported by Alliance Boots.

This half day symposium showcased international research by ILC Global Alliance members on frailty and mobility in old age. The symposium was chaired by Louise Plouffe (ILC-Brazil), with presentations from Rosy Pereyra (ILC-Dominican Republic), Susana Concordo Harding (ILC-Singapore), Sebastiana Kalula (ILC-South Africa), Didier Halimi (ILC-France), Kunio Mizuta (ILC-Japan), Lia Daichman (ILC-Argentina) and Iva Holmerová (ILC-Czech Republic). Panel contributions were heard from Marieke van der Waal (ILC-Netherlands) and Jayant Umranikar (ILC-India).

The presentation slides from this event are available to view
We were delighted to welcome the Secretary of State for Health, The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, to the Taking Forward the G8 Dementia Challenge lunch reception on the 29th October. During the reception, we also heard from Eileen Sills, Clinical Director for London’s Strategic Network for Dementia.
The final event of the conference, held on the 29th October, was the Robert Butler Memorial Lecture. Robert Butler, founder of ILC-US, was a passionate believer in the importance of health and productive ageing

This years lecture was on Productive Ageing and was given by Dr Ros Altmann, government’s Business Champion for Older Workers. The event was kindly hosted by the Local Government Association and supported by Pfizer US.

Dr Altmann's presentation slides are available to view
This conference would not have been possible without the generous support from EY, Prudential, Age UK, Bupa, Age International, The Local Government Association, Alliance Boots and Pfizer US; all of the excellent Speakers and Chairs; and of course the delegates who were able to join us at the events.
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