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Where’s the support for living longer?

As I wrote in an earlier blog for this site, one of the greatest achievements of humankind has to be that as many people as possible are living as long as possible. At least now we seem to have the...


It Takes A (Retirement) Village: How To Address The Crisis In Housing for the Elderly

“It takes a Village,” Hillary Rodham Clinton once famously wrote. She was referring to how societies can best support children to become able, resilient adults. But I think the same pri...


Social Pensions – a quiet revolution which could help end poverty?

Attention in development debates is not often focussed on the income needs of older people. Topics ranging from emergency relief to maternal and child health tend to dominate the discourse. So to r...


Lessons from the Economies of Russia, East Europe and China for Reform of the Health Sector in North Korea and Korean Unification

North Korea has been attracting attention in the UK press for ballistic missiles shot through Japanese airspace, tests of nuclear weapons, and its exchanges of polemics with a leader of a major dem...


Older women and body image: beauty standards are not democratic

The representation of women in the media and in the fashion industry has been for long at the centre of countless controversies. For decades, an ideal of beauty has been developing mostly around nu...


“Demography, Ageing and Health” Conference

The recently convened “Demography, Ageing and Health” conference, hosted by the Oxford Institute of Population, brought together emerging researchers and established academics in a melt...


The Curiosity 'OF' and 'ON' population ageing

On September 29, for the first time ever, Oxford held a European Researchers’ Night. It was an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to explore how research affects and changes our life.&nbs...


Risky Business

I don’t remember the exact quote, but I do remember laughing (out loud). It was something like: “who knew there’d be three six-sigma events in one week?” This was a banker&r...


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

The Institute’s Collen Research Programme in Sub-Saharan Africa[1] has recently been extended into Latin America thanks to additional funding from the European Foundation Life Sciences resear...


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...