Prevention in an ageing world
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.
Prevention in an ageing world – G20 side event
Date: Friday 18 October 2019
Location: Okayama, Japan
This event will be held alongside the G20 Health Ministers’ meeting in Okayama, Japan. It will bring together key global policymakers and thought leaders to discuss how the role of healthcare systems in prevention across the life course can be supported, and the benefits that preventative interventions have on economic productivity and health system sustainability.
We are delighted that US Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, Eric Hargan, will be speaking at our event. Mr Hargan will be joined at the event by other high-level speakers from across the G20.
Prevention in an ageing world – Three country perspectives
Date: Saturday 26 October 2019
Time: 4.00 to 5.30pm
This symposium will run alongside the 11th IAGG Asia/ Oceania Regional Congress 2019. For more information on the IAGG congress agenda, please click here. The symposium will examine the trends in disease burden in our ageing world and draw out evidence to demonstrate the value of preventative interventions within health systems 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
Prevention in an ageing world – Implementing best practice
Date: Friday 15 November 2019
Time: 12 to 1.30pm
Location: Austin, Texas
Prevention in an ageing world launch reception
Date: Tuesday 21 May 2019
Time: 3.30 to 5.30pm
- 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.
Prevention in an ageing world – The role of pharmacy
Date: Saturday 21 September 2019
Time: 2.30 to 5.30pm
Location: Abu Dhabi
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?
To find out more about “Prevention in an ageing world” and our initial research findings, please read our leaflet here.
Check here for upcoming news of the Prevention in an ageing world project.
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...
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.