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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...


Lockdown Baby Boom to Pandemic Baby Bust: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Fertility

The latest U.S. Census was concluded in 2020 and the first results were released on April 26, 2021. The U.S. is required by the constitution to have a decennial census of population and housing. Th...


ICD-11 and an argument about "old age"

The translation of WHO’s latest revision of the International  Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) into Portuguese, published with a declaration that it will be adopted in Brazil from th...


Long-term implications of high-stress occupations in midlife: The role of resilience resources

Although there are many health-related advantages to higher socioeconomic position, the relationship between high job-strain, work-related stress, and psychosocial working conditions in midlife can...


Reconnecting society after the pandemic: a practical proposal

It has been now almost a year and three months since with the first lockdown when most of the western world began a period of social distancing. Despite the new COVID variants, vaccination campaign...


Conditioned thinking as a risk factor in older migrants' health

How does the health of migrants in the UK compare with that of their age peers in their country of origin? Do they enjoy better health in later life? Recent research looking specifically at Turkish...