Prevention in an ageing world

 

Programme 2019/2020

 

 

About the programme

Across the globe, societies are getting older. People are living longer. And there is a growing shift towards encouraging longer working lives.

As countries age, it will be important to support people to live healthier lives for longer. By doing so we can not only improve wellbeing and enable people to remain active, but can also reduce dependency, bringing down the burdens on health systems.

There is already a consensus that preventing disease and limiting long-term impairment and the compounding impact of multiple diseases are both good for our health and will play an important role in supporting the economic sustainability of health systems. But translating that consensus into sustained action can be challenging.

To explore the role of prevention in an ageing world, ILC has launched an international programme of work to:

  • Influence and shape the discourse around prevention to promote preventative measures across the life course.
  • Examine the health and economic burden of a number of communicable and non-communicable diseases, in which there is potential for preventative interventions right across the life course.
  • Draw together examples of effective preventative interventions and activities among adults in mid and later life and evidence the value of a range of primary, secondary and tertiary preventative interventions.

Over the coming year, we will be conducting research and engaging with stakeholders across the globe to reshape the discourse around prevention and promote preventative interventions right across the life course.

The “Prevention in an ageing world” programme is made possible by charitable support or grants from Gilead Sciences, Pfizer, Sanofi and Seqirus. Programme content is being developed independently of the funders and ILC-UK alone are responsible for the outputs.

News

Check here for upcoming news of the Prevention in an ageing world project.

 

03/07/2019

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”...

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21/05/2019

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...

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Blogs

 

11/07/2019

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”.

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29/05/2019

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?

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Videos

30/05/2019

US Assistant Secretary for health Adm Brett Giroir discusses prevention in an ageing world

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Upcoming events

Prevention in an ageing world – The role of pharmacy

Date: Saturday 21 September 2019
Time: 2.30 to 5.30pm
Location: Abu Dhabi

 
This interactive session will be run as part of the International Federation of Pharmacists’ (FIP) policy conference in Abu Dhabi. The event will bring together key stakeholders from national pharmacists associations across the globe to discuss the role of community pharmacy in delivering preventative interventions across the life course.
 

Prevention in an ageing world – Implications for policy and practice

Date: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Time: 3.30 to 5.30pm
Location: Sydney

 
Preventing disease and limiting long-term impairment and the compounding impact of multiple diseases not only has positive health and wellbeing outcomes, but also wider economic ones. The workshop will run as part of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) pre-conference workshop programme and give an overview of initial research findings on the value of prevention in an ageing world and the role of health systems, followed by a participatory discussion on the implications for global policymakers.
 
 

Prevention in an ageing world – Implementing best practice 

Date: Friday 15 November 2019
Time: 12 to 1.30pm
Location: Austin, Texas

 
This roundtable discussion will run alongside the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in Austin, Texas. The discussion will explore the case for prevention of ill health across the life course and how best practice can be implemented into practice within health systems. 
 
 

Past events

Prevention in an ageing world launch reception

Date: Tuesday 21 May 2019
Time: 3.30 to 5.30pm
Location: Geneva

 
The launch reception, kindly hosted by cross-bench peer Baroness Greengross, provided an opportunity to hear more about the project from our researchers, as well as network with key global stakeholders across policy, industry and the third sector. During the reception, attendees had the opportunity to feed into our project plans offering their expertise around how public policy needs to respond to the challenges and opportunities of ageing.
 

Speakers:

  • Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC
  • Dr Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director-General for Healthier Populations, WHO
  • Dr Svetlana Akselrod, Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO
  • Ann Keeling, Chair, Age International.

MORE INFORMATION

Materials

To find out more about “Prevention in an ageing world” and our initial research findings, please read our leaflet here.

 

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: prevention@ilcuk.org.uk.