Time for Transformation, a new ‘normal’ – where society has aligned and adapted to the fact we are living longer.
The world is going through turbulent times. But one thing is certain – it is getting older.
ILC-UK has been active for 16 years and have witnessed some significant change over this time. Yet progress has been far too slow and we are still talking about issues which should have been solved 10 years ago.
This conference aimed to reinvigorate those of us already convinced of the importance of ageing. But to achieve the transformation we need must reach beyond the usual suspects. We need businesses, entrepreneurs, people managers, and marketing professionals to work with the charity sector and policy makers and politicians to deliver change. And we need to help provide the evidence to make the case for action.
Our third conference seeked to kick-start that transformation. It wasn’t a run of the mill “ageing” conference. It was different. We challenged and energised delegates. We want the conference to lead to change.
If we are to make the most of the opportunity of age we need to engage businesses and community leaders to act.
We want everyone to come away learning something new and with a plan to act. We will set the groundwork to inspire and support government, business and voluntary organisations to better prepare, adapt and prosper in a longer-lived society. The conference will reach new businesses and other stakeholders.
Delegates disagree with some of what our presenters had to say. That’s fine, the Future of Ageing Conferences are a place to have these honest debates.
The Future of Ageing Conference:
- was brave enough to have the honest conversations we need to have
- convened experts and innovators
- challenged our own prejudices and yours
- debated some of the big issues
- avoided stereotyping. We didn’t let people generalise about older or younger people or even about cohorts. Saying “The baby boomers X” will be banned
- debated the evidence rather than presented it
- avoided “the ageing Cliché”
- tried and caused mischief and had some fun
- invited unexpected contributors to talk about the big and familiar issues
- challenged every speaker
- Insisted speakers focus on the transforming tomorrow today.
But we didn’t…
- repeat what people already know. Before the conference delegates will get a short factpack setting out the evidence
- allow presenters to show us showing population pyramids (we all know we are ageing)
- pretend that ageing is always good and that old age is always the best time of our lives. Too many older people spend too much of their time alone, in poor health, with only the TV for company
- let people say “The fact we are living longer is a good thing”. It doesn’t need to be said. And it undermines the fact that for too many people today, old age isn’t a good or happy time
- try to sex up ageing or pretend there are simple solutions
- let anyone use imagery of older people’s hands in their presentation. And we won’t have any smiling studio shots of older people on the beach.
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