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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’. ...


How age-friendly cities are paving the way for the future: the case of Akita City

The convergence of population ageing with urbanisation is one of the major global mega-trends that will shape societies and communities in the 21st century. Thanks to the rapid advance of new techn...


Reimagining public libraries

The term “a third place” was coined 3 decades ago by sociologist Ray Oldenburg to describe somewhere people can go that is neither home nor work, a place to meet people, talk and do thi...


Grandparents’ Day in Brazil

It’s often said that in Brazil we have a holiday for everything. So how we could miss the opportunity to celebrate - in addition to Mother's, Father's or Family Day - Grandparents'...


Five Innovations in Healthy Ageing

It's always a pleasure to attend a conference where you not only learn about cool innovations helping society, but also pick up a few tips for yourself. So it was for me, last week, when I atte...


Impact of COVID-19 on Consumer Behaviour of Older Adults: a consumer revolution or a passing phase?

The pandemic has hit the economies of most countries and many industries hard - especially because consumer behavior has changed drastically. This is especially true for older consumers who have sp...


Hand in hand: an argument for an analytical alliance on young and older people

Would an alliance between academics researching young people and those researching older people be a good thing?  I think it would. Gerontology and Youth Studies tend to define their subject m...