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Extinct: the things that become obsolete before we do

As most of us alive today are destined to live longer than ever before thanks to advances in medical science, one of the unforeseen consequences of such longevity is that many of the familiar manuf...


Should we be concerned about the role of choice in death and dying?

“Choice with regard to death and dying is a bourgeoisie thing. The bulk of people are just trying to keep themselves alive.”  With this statement, Allan Kellehear, medical and publ...


Population ageing and semiconductors: the global race for digitalisation

Population ageing and digitalisation have been identified as major interesctions which will  shape our future. The pressure to enhance national productivity and to overcome the potential chall...


Healthy Ageing in an Era of Climate Change

When asked about the biggest challenge facing us globally, Mick Smyer, Founder and CEO of the American non-profit organisation, Growing Greener, didn't miss a beat:  "Ageing in an era...


Why youth participation in climate change remains a struggle

This week sees the endgame of the COP26 climate  conference in Glasgow.  Since 1995, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFC...


Changing parameters of inclusive design

Exactly 20 years ago, I was involved in a landmark project at the Royal College of Art with retail giant B&Q to develop a range of low-cost, lightweight, easy-to-use power tools that would make...


The hidden world of older women’s work

As the world’s populations ages, across nearly all societies women make up a majority of older people. We are all too familiar with the negative, even apocalyptic terms in which ageing societ...


The facts behind the headlines

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a traumatic experience at all levels – for individuals, families, communities and governments. The numbers are beyond the grasp of most of us, globally, around ...


Integrating stable and modifiable aspects of resilience into healthy aging

Of the many challenges in life course epidemiology is unpacking the complex interrelationships between stable and modifiable attributes across a lifetime of unique experiences and exposures that im...


Debunking the Climate Change Generation Gap

In the enduring generational wars portrayed in the media, perhaps none is quite so glaring as that concerning climate change. Young people, so the story goes, care intensely about the environment. ...


Think Global, Act Global

‘Global Initiatives’ are generally thought a Good Thing.  They promise harmonious collaboration towards peace and prosperity.  And in fact the Global Initiative on Loneliness ...


Why didn’t the abolition of the One-Child Policy in China increase the fertility rate?

Responding to a dramatic decrease in the birth rate, the Chinese government announced on 31st May 2021 that couples would be permitted to have up to three children. This change follows the relaxati...


Why not a British Provident Fund?

When the Conservative government announced its plans to address the UK ‘funding crisis’ in social care this week by raising a new ‘Health and Social Care Levy’ (based in the...


Intergenerational baiting and "being cringe" in Brazil

Last week in the Institute blog Christian Langkamp highlighted some of the reasons for growing intergenerational tensions in Germany.  I want to look at Brazil, and especially the way that &ls...


Intergenerational issues and Germany’s September election

When the pandemic hit Germany in 2020, normal public life ground to a halt. The situation, as Merkel told the German people on 18th March, ‘was serious, and should be taken seriously’. ...