ISSUES:

The International Longevity Centre members are concerned not just about the impact of demographic change today but the future opportunities and challenges which come from an ageing society.

Across the world we are living longer and seeing growth in the numbers of older old. Simply taking into account demographic change, we will see more people with a need for long term care and more people with dementia.

We are also seeing structural change in society, with more people living alone, higher divorce rates and increasing levels of childlessness.

Our expectations of health services are changing alongside the development of new drugs and technologies. How we pay for health with these changes is a major challenge.

We live in a fast changing world. 134 years ago the first two way phone call was made. It took until 2000 for half of the world to own a phone, yet by 2007 half of the world owned a mobile phone. And whilst it took 75 years for telephones to reach 50 million users, it only took four years for the internet to reach a similar number. Technology is changing the way we live and our relationship to society.

Meanwhile, climate change and other environmental challenges pose serious threats for society and will impact on all of us.

These changes will have a significant impact on our economy and society as a whole. They are questions which the ILC Global Alliance explores.

News

Final document of the ILC-BR’s 6th International Longevity Forum

ILC-BR Technical Director Ina Voelcker spoke about longevity and population ageing in an event aimed at inspiring 700 employees of the Brazilian Federal savings bank Caixa Econômica.

On October 17, ILC-BR organized a Symposium with three international speakers in São Paulo. The event took place in the auditorium of Iamspe (Institute for Medical Assistance to the Public Servant of the State of São Paulo).

The inaugural Baroness Greengross Lecture was held in London on 23 November in celebration of the major contributions Sally Greengross has made to improve the lives of older people throughout her lifetime. A spirited and lively informal lecture was delivered by writer, journalist and television presenter, Angela Rippon OBE.

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

The November issue of the UN Special magazine is dedicated to older persons.

Our representative in Geneva wrote an article about the importance of combatting ageism and describes the work of the NGO Committee on Ageing in Geneva. 

On October 6 and 7, 2016, the International Longevity Centre Brazil (ILC-Brazil) held the 4th International Longevity Forum with Bradesco Seguros being the main sponsor. The Forum also counts on the support of Galderma and other institutional partners (SBGG, UnATi/UERJ and the Global Alliance of ILCs).

The Faculty of Humanities of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic is delighted to launch a new postgraduate program called “Longevity studies”.

On Wednesday 9th November, ILC-UK will be holding its second Future of Ageing Conference featuring both UK and international speakers.

On July 29th the City of Veranopolis (RS) in the south of Brazil launched its Age-friendly Action Plan based on rigorous research with older people. The project is being developed as part of a public/private partnership between ILC-Brazil and CPFL Energia SA.

Rio’s Museum of the Future invites the visitors to think about what kind of future we want for ourselves and coming generations. ILC-Brazil’s President spoke about longevity, one of the five core themes of the Museum, on February 16th.

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  ( pension fund ).

Last week, members of the ILC Global Alliance participated in a series of events organized by the International Longevity Centre – Brazil.

ILC Singapore organised an inaugural Ageing Research Forum 2015 on May 27, 2015 to share results and learnings from the evaluation conducted of various Tsao Foundation programmes and create a platform to improve and broaden practice for community-based research.

Reports

This monograph has been produced by the Centre of Expertise in Longevity and Long-term Care (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague), International Longevity Centre-Czech Republic.

This new research, by David Sinclair of ILC-UK, for Age UK, considers the market potential of the older consumer and highlights how companies can make more of this population.

A report summarizing an ILC-UK and Actuarial Profession joint-conference called “Choosing Population Projections for Public Policy”, that looked at the formulation of population projections and how they are used by policymakers.

An ILC-UK collection of expert essays exploring how the 'lifetime neighbourhoods agenda' for housing and the built environment can respond to the economic downturn.

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

The books examine positive aspects of and successful adaptations to aging and focus on challenges and concerns for families, policy makers, and governments in caregiving and end-of-life issues.

This ILC-UK brief summarises a public debate exploring decumulation in the context of the economic downturn.

The discussion paper Asset Accumulation Across in Life Courses: The Challenges Ahead explores the policy implications of changing patterns of asset accumulation in the UK.