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Population ageing research and the opportunities with social enterprises

For more than 3 decades, population ageing research has been firmly established in many leading academic institutions. The impacts of global ageing will be enormous across economical, social and te...


The Burgeoning Silver Economy

Sometimes it takes a while for a message to sink in. Consider the following: I'm a visiting fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. I blog about how to live a productive and m...


Reflections

Thanks to the CERU ON THE MOVE scholarship and the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, I was in the Institute as a visitor for three months, which coincided with the Michaelmas Term 2019. This w...


Go green and get moving - healthy cities at a crossroads

When cities get it right in terms of planning and design for health, chief among the beneficiaries are older people. We all recognise what an urban environment that supports better health looks and...


Resilience in older adults: Methodological challenges

When faced with the challenges of growing older, some people fare better than others when they experience similar levels of adversity.  We call this “resilience”. The likelihood of...


Demographic change and political participation – The European elections 2019

Are European elections dominated by older voters as a result of ageing electorates and low participation among younger people? Between 2008 and 2018 the population share of people aged 65 or old...


Behavioural aspects of retirement decisions

Pension systems are currently under radical reconstruction, and in most European countries there is a shift from defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC) schemes. The main rationale for...


Five ideas for a fast-changing world

Last Thursday, I had the privilege of attending the second annual meeting of The Longevity Forum, a relatively new player on the UK's ageing scene. As I noted last year when I attended ...


Millennials, Baby Boomers and Interstate Migration Trends in the United States

There has been a significant decrease in interstate migration in the United States in the last three decades. In a recent report by the Brookings Institution, Demographer William H. Frey used data ...


Never too old for the Nobel Prize

John Bannister Goodenough was recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 for his pioneering work on lithium-ion batteries, much of which was carried out during his time as Head of the Inorg...


Barriers to employment after 50

Last year I wrote about the Baby Boomers and job loss. Since then, I have seen first-hand how the system works and how difficult it is for a professional to become re-employed once he/she is out ...


Biodiversity in the Anthropocene: threats to biodiversity in Southeast Asia

I have recently been working with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) of the University of Oxford in a collaboration with the Institute of Population Ageing on a project highlighting ...


The Journey to Age Equality

On the 1st October the UN once again celebrated the annual International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) its 2019 theme aligning with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10 focussing on pathwa...


Homelessness in the older population

Homelessness in the UK is on the rise, with the number of people without access to stable housing increasing at an alarming rate over the past 10 years. Loss of rented accommodation and rearrangeme...


Ageing and beauty

Throughout history, different societies have perceived people who are relatively young, with smooth skin and ‘well-proportioned’ bodies, as beautiful. In an era of population ageing, th...