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.
The Hunter Ageing Alliance and the City of Newcastle came together in August 2021 to facilitate a community engagement workshop on the topic of developing an Age Friendly City.
5th August 2021
Dr. Kiran Rabheru of ILC Canada spoke about the threats faced by older persons during COVID-19 recovery and provided a series of recommendations to governments to combat these issues.
9th July 2021
The Stakeholder Group on Ageing organized a side event at the HLPF about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on governmental policymaking for older persons. The panelists also discussed how older persons can increase their political leverage and combat ageism.
6th July 2021
As part of their Delivering prevention in an ageing world programme, ILC-UK are asking for input on how we can deliver prevention in an ageing world.
16th April 2021
A new global project titled "Re-imagining Environments for Connection and Engagement: Testing Actions for Social Prescribing in Natural Spaces" (RECETAS) will address the loneliness created by the COVID-19 pandemic through interaction with nature in six cities in Europe, Latin America, and Australia.
9th April 2021
A new project, titled: “PERMANENTO – everyday functional exercise for older adults” is designed to help older adults to maintain the fundamental components of functional fitness. The main goal is to contribute to a broader perception of physical activity, especially its effects on the ageing processes and quality of life.
7th April 2021
Professor Julie Byles, Head of ILC-Australia presents on ‘Healthy Ageing at very old ages – perspectives of women from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, at the 53rd Annual Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Conference in 2020.
29th January 2021
Following a meeting of its members on Thursday, 7 May 2020, the ILC Global Alliance has prepared a Position Statement on COVID-19.
7th May 2020
ILC Singapore at Tsao Foundation, in partnership with the ILC UK will be holding a two day workshop on 14-15 October 2019 in Singapore to understand the state of policies and practices of adult vaccination in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore.
29th August 2019
On 8 and 9 August 2019, ILC Brazil - and many of its partners - will be holding the Active Aging - Promoting Health, Preventing Illness symposium at Unibes auditorium in São Paulo.
15th July 2019
Incontinence – a public health issue to be dealt with using a life-course approach
18th April 2018
ILC-BR President Alexandre Kalache bringing ageing to the Transnational Law Summit
13th 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.
9th 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 State of Sao Paulo.
7th 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 Brazilian CSOs.
16th December 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’ Organisations of Pune (ASCOP) and the International Longevity Centre-India (ILC-I) with the support of GHARDA CHEMICALS LTD on the 3rd of August 2016 in Pune.
29th September 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 Cape Town presented two workshops (in Johannesburg and Cape Town) on Presence and Attentiveness in Care during February and March 2016.
27th May 2016
The International Longevity Centre-India (ILC-I) is the Satellite Centre of the United Nations’ International Institute on Ageing, Malta for the SAARC region.
21st January 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 ( pension fund ).
25th 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 life planning.
28th 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 October 2013 and the 4th of December 2013.
25th November 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.
25th 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 excellence – one in journalism and one for outstanding life stories of older persons.
4th November 2013
This report was made in collaboration with ILC Singapore and explores the relationship between Singapore’s ageing population and adult vaccination.
Current societal and financial challenges are demanding a revision of how health budgets are spent with a view to increasing both savings and sustainability.
This review of evidence and policy across Europe from ILC-UK uncovers a hidden burden of constipation affecting older people.
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 place on 19th and 20th September 2011.
A background paper on innovative policy reforms to facilitate active and healthy ageing in OECD countries.
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 University of Cape Town.
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 therefore an important health policy goal for Europe.
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.
Françoise Forette, CEO of ILC-France, explores the concept of functional dependency and its link with the increase of longevity.
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.