About International Longevity Centre - UK

The ILC is the UK’s specialist think tank on the impact of longevity on society, and what happens next.

We believe society has to adapt now so we can all enjoy the benefits of longevity. We want a society that works for everyone, regardless of their age. We know the numbers. We know the challenges. What happens next will define us for generations.

Our history

The International Longevity Centre UK was established in 1997 as one of the members of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance, an international network on longevity.

Since our inception, we have published over 250 reports, organised over 300 events including the annual Future of Ageing conference.

We work with central government, local government, the private sector, and professional and academic associations to provoke conversations and pioneer solutions for a society where everyone can thrive, regardless of age.

We are a small team, headed by Baroness Sally Greengross as Chief Executive.

Our impact

We provoke conversations and discussions about the impact of longevity on society, and what happens next.

Over the last decade we have:

  • highlighted the power of music for people with dementia
  • helped employers prepare for an ageing workforce, and develop age friendly standards and practices
  • changed the conversation on the forgotten sisterhood for older women
  • began the conversation about downsizing and under occupancy, back in 2007
  • produced research that was used by both the SNP and HM Treasury in the lead up to the vote on Scottish independence

We have changed the media narrative around people having to work until they drop: now, it’s a more nuanced debate about fuller working lives, and how this benefits us all.

We created the first LGBT intergenerational project in the world, which has inspired others around the world.

We made it possible for people with dementia to have relationships in care homes, producing a best practice guide for carers.

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