Delivering prevention in an ageing world
About the programme
Following our year-long Prevention in an ageing world programme that sparked conversations from Abu Dhabi to Taipei, Austin, Geneva, Sydney, London all the way to the G20 Health Ministers, the message is clear. It’s never too late to prevent. And the health and economic costs of failing to invest in preventative interventions across the life course are simply too high to ignore.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made these messages staggeringly clear and brought home the urgent need to match commitment with action by:
- Democratising access to prevention – to reduce health inequalities
- Inspiring and engaging policymakers, healthcare professionals and individuals – to invest, promote and take action on prevention
- Effectively utilising technology – to improve access to health care, improve uptake rates, reduce barriers and empower patients.
Over the coming year, we will be conducting research and engaging with stakeholders across the globe to understand not only “why” we ought to prioritise prevention across the life course but “how” we can deliver it.
This programme has been supported by:
Future of Ageing 2020: Together for tomorrow
Policy and practice is increasingly polarised by age. And the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resurfaced a young vs old narrative. Yet in an ageing world we need to ensure that society works for all. The impact of longevity on society isn’t just about older people: it will impact everyone. Young and old alike.
Our sixth annual conference will include a session discussing the need for a strategy for a healthier nation, how countries can work together on prevention, the role of (big) data and how we plan for health beyond the pandemic.
- Lord Geoffrey Filkin CBE
- Francesca Colombo, Head of the Health Division, OECD
- Prof Les Mayhew, Head of Global Research, ILC
- Lily Parsey, Global Policy and Influencing Manager, ILC
Programme launch: Delivering prevention in an ageing world
Date: Tuesday 29 September
Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm BST (8.00am – 9.30am EDT)
- Arnaud Bernaert: Head of Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare, World Economic Forum
- Prof Walter Ricciardi, President, World Federation of Public Health Associations
- Martin Jones, UK CEO, Home Instead Senior Care
Following our year-long Prevention in an ageing world programme that sparked conversations from Abu Dhabi to Taipei, Austin, Geneva, Sydney, London all the way to the G20 Health Ministers, the message is clear. It’s never too late to prevent. And the health and economic costs of failing to invest in preventative interventions across the life course are simply too high to ignore
The ILC has launched the second phase of our programme Delivering prevention in an ageing world, where we will be moving from “why” we need to prioritise prevention to “how” we can deliver it and see the change we need to see.
ILC-UK response to new ONS statistics on life expectancy
Responding to new ONS Health state life expectancies statistics released today, David Sinclair, Director of the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC), argued: “This new evidence paints a dismal picture of limited progress in improving healthy life expectancy in the UK. In fact, healthy life expectancy at birth has fallen significantly for women between 2017 to 2019 compared with 2014 to 2016.”
COVID vaccine progress highlights urgent need for investment in adult immunisation infrastructure
Responding to the progress on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, ILC Director David Sinclair commented: “That we are one step closer to a vaccine against Covid-19 is brilliant news. The scientists have done their job. Now it’s time for policymakers and politicians to step up. Having a vaccine which works is just the starting point.”
Press release: New global programme to support Governments to prevent ill health and learn from COVID-19
Following a year-long programme of work, including side events to the World Health Assembly and G20 Health Ministers, specialist think tank ILC-UK is tomorrow launching the second phase of its global programme on how healthcare systems can better prevent ill health in old age and what lessons can be learnt for governments across the world from COVID-19.
Press release: “Keep people healthy to keep countries wealthy”, urges think tank ahead of G20 Health and Finance Ministers’ meeting
“It’s promising to see G20 Health and Finance Ministers coming together at this crucial time. COVID-19 has shown us first-hand that health equals wealth, as countries across the world have plunged into one of the hardest-hitting global recessions of the last century. In an ageing world, coming out of this recession will rely on governments across the G20 better engaging older workers, older consumers, older volunteers and older carers, who contribute immensely to the global economy.”
Press release: “Never too late” to prevent ill health
Representatives of the World Health Organization; OECD, World Economic Forum; the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP); and the United Arab Emirates Prime Minister’s Office will join other UK and global health policymakers in London today at the culmination of a year-long programme of work (Prevention in an ageing world) exploring how health care systems can better prevent ill health in old age…
Press release: Global health leaders meet to galvanise action around healthy ageing
On 28 February 2020, leading global health experts, including speakers from WHO and OECD, will meet in London to drive forward an agenda for change within health systems to prioritise the prevention of poor health in an ageing world…
Press release: Preventing ill health key in unlocking longevity dividend
A new report (Maximising the longevity dividend) to be launched at the ILC’s conference tomorrow will highlight the increasingly significant contribution of older people to productivity. It will reveal that by 2040, the earned income generated by people aged 50 and over may account for 40% of total earnings – up from 23% in 2004 and 30% in 2018. Moreover, by 2028, more people aged 60 and over may work part-time than any other age group except for people aged under 30…
Press release: “Now is not the time for inaction”, argue G20 Health Ministers
At an event hosted by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK), the specialist think tank on the impact of longevity on society, on Friday 18 October ahead of the G20 Health Ministers’ meeting in Okayama, G20 Health Ministers and global thought leaders agreed to cooperate to prioritise the prevention of ill health across the life course…
Press release: ILC-UK host G20 side event on prevention in an ageing world
At the G20 Health Minister’s Meeting in Japan next week, the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK), the UK’s specialist think tank on the impact of longevity on society, is hosting an event on the importance of prevention in an ageing world with a number of expert speakers including the Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock MP…
Press release: ILC welcomes G20 Leaders’ commitment to prevention across the life course
Following the G20 Leaders’ Meeting in Osaka last week, leaders have committed to promote “healthy and active ageing through policy measures to address health promotion, prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases… over the life course”...
Press release: “Never too late to prevent ill health”
There is already a consensus that preventing disease and limiting long-term illness and disability are both good for our health and will play an important role in supporting the economic sustainability of health systems. However, past decades have seen a continued focus of preventative interventions in early life, with too little attention focused on preventing ill health in later life...
Delivering prevention in an ageing world leaflet
To find out more about our “Delivering prevention in an ageing world” programme, read of our leaflet here.
Prevention in an ageing world
This programme is building on the findings and recommendations from our Prevention in an ageing world programme we ran over 2019-2020.
Our report: Never too late: Prevention in an ageing world can be found here.
Lost time: Productivity and the flu
Our report on the impact of the flu on productivity can be found here.
Prevention in an ageing world leaflet
To find out more about our 2019/20 “Prevention in an ageing world” programme, read our leaflet here.
Delivering prevention where people are: Mobile health clinics as a case study
Blog by Arunima Himawan, ILC
Most of prevention can and should be carried out outside hospitals, and primary care has a very important role to play here. Prevention should be delivered in places such as in community centres or in the workplace, with the support of the primary care system.
In praise of ‘big data’ and analysis – putting a value on prevention
Blog by Prof Les Mayhew, ILC
Using big data to put a financial value on prevention could transform our decision making and improve our allocation of scarce resources, improve health and save the NHS money. Long considered the holy grail of public health, progress on this front has been faltering at best.
Who gets the COVID vaccine?
Blog by David Sinclair, ILC
In an ageing world, where older people seem much more likely to die of the coronavirus than younger people, the question of who gets a future vaccine and when, is going to be at the front of policymakers minds over the next year. The answer may not be as obvious as it seems.
If healthy ageing is the end point, how do we get there?
Blog by Julie Byles, Head of ILC Australia
At the ILC Global Alliance, we see ageing and longevity as the opportunity to live life to its full potential. Longevity is not just about a long life, but it is also about a good life. So, if healthy ageing is the end point, how do we get there?
Exploring the role of prevention in Hong Kong
Blog by Harry Curzon, Policy and Communications Asisstant
In line with our ongoing work exploring the role of Prevention in an ageing world, we recently published a report on healthy ageing in Hong Kong. There is a general consensus that healthcare systems that prevent disease and limit long-term illness and disabilities are good for our health and at the same time play a crucial role in supporting the economic sustainability of health systems.
Exploring the role of pharmacy in the primary health care and the prevention agenda
Blog by Gonçalo Sousa Pinto, Lead for Practice Development, Advocacy and Data Management, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
Community pharmacists and pharmacies have a key role to play in supporting healthy ageing and the maintenance of good health and quality of life across the life course. Harnessing their widespread distribution and accessibility, their close relationship with and knowledge of the community they serve, their long opening hours and, in most countries, teams of highly qualified health professionals, will allow pharmacies to play an even greater role in developing and delivering primary health care strategies, in collaboration with colleagues across the health care team.
G20 commitment to prevention across the life course – what happens next
Blog by Lily Parsey, Policy and Communications Officer, ILC
In the communiqué published at the end of the 2019 G20 Summit in Osaka last week, leaders have committed to promote “healthy and active ageing through policy measures to address health promotion, prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases… over the life course”.
Longer life is a great problem to have
Guest blog by Ann Keeling, Chair of Age International
Longer life – with life expectancy increasing just about everywhere in the world – is often presented as a problem. If so, it is a great problem to have. Of the many questions around ageing societies, one of the most pressing is how can we get the best out of those extra years of life by supporting people to be healthier, more socially engaged and active for longer?
Good health underpins a longevity dividend
Prevention in an ageing world – Programme 2019/2020
What role can pharmacists play in the prevention agenda?
Can better health drive a longevity dividend?
David Sinclair discusses prevention at IAGG conference in Taiwan
US Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services reflects on prevention in an ageing world
Reflections on Prevention in an ageing world G20 side event
Prevention in an ageing world – The role of nurses
“Inaction is not an option” – Prevention in an ageing world
US Assistant Secretary for Health Adm Brett Giroir discusses prevention in an ageing world
Can you help?
We will be meeting people across the world, including key experts, opinion formers and decision makers to discuss the emerging findings from our work and to develop recommendations.
We want to hear from you if you:
- Know of effective preventative interventions by health systems targeted at people aged 50+ which need to be brought to the attention of policy makers.
- Would like to work with us to make the case for preventative interventions across the life course.
- Have carried out research in this area which you’d like to share with us.
- Would like to be kept up to date with our work, including future events.
Share your examples and wider ideas on prevention in an ageing world with us by emailing at: firstname.lastname@example.org.