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Visual explorations of household structures across the world

The institute is about to publish the fourth issue of the journal Population Horizons which I manage editorially, but more excitingly, where I also hold the unofficial title of Graphics Editor. One...


From intergenerational programmes in schools to intergenerational schools

Most of the contemporary literature in the intergenerational field falls into two broads categories: there are studies that have explored the nature of Intergenerational Programmes (IPs) and studie...


Libraries as a resource for ageing communities in the USA

Libraries are trusted community organizations that can provide services to senior citizens such as job skills training classes, information on benefits and healthcare services senior citizens are e...


Towards an age-friendly world

There are many ways to improve old age and make it a comfortable period of life, but hardly anything would be possible to achieve without an age-friendly environment. The problem of redesigning urb...


Ageing Canadians

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging will collect data on over 50,000 older adults for 20 years The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is the jewel in the crown of Canadian epidemio...


Rainy season in Costa Rica

It’s the rainy season in Costa Rica   The Institute’s Collen Research Programme in Sub-Saharan Africa[1] has recently been extended into Latin America thanks to additional fu...


Are urban environments best for an ageing population?

Are urban environments best for an ageing population?     A few weeks ago I gave a talk at the annual conference on Future Cities organised by the Department of Land Economy in C...


Student Debt and Intergenerational Fairness

When I started my undergraduate degree in 2003 tuition fees were capped at a mere £1,000 per year, though the Blair Government was already threatening to increase those fees threefold.  ...


Friendship: a guarantee for our successful ageing

“A friend is a treasure” says a popular proverb, and research has finally declared that it is true: engaging and investing in good relationship increase our psychological and physical w...


Successful ageing: is life a win-or-lose game?

A couple of years ago I attended a seminar in London. The presenter, a medical doctor, spoke about the importance of self-presentation in modern life and, in particular, he focused on how older peo...


Improving Capabilities of Birth Cohorts of the Elderly in Russia, 1990-2020

Readers of an OIPA blog will know that, the process of population ageing in the developed countries has been accompanied by advances in educational attainments, professional skills, income and weal...


How Republicans’ New Healthcare Plan Stacks Up Against Obamacare for Older Adults in the U.S.

From the moment Obamacare was passed in 2010, Republican lawmakers have been explicit in their intent to “repeal and replace” the expensive health care bill that sought to address gapin...


Sparking debate where science, policy and the public meet

Across our lives science is presenting us with new choices. Advances in reproductive medicine are confronting young people with moral choices unimagined by their parents. Our workplaces are being t...


Social care funding: a modest proposal

This weekend, we had a street party in my Oxford neighbourhood as part of the Great Get Together to honour the memory of Jo Cox, the MP who was killed last year.  For some of us with busy live...


What I’ve learnt about ageing from my grandparents

As I’m very close to finishing my PhD, I often think about my grandparents because they are the reason why I got here in the first place. They are both 83, both still working. Which is very u...