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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...


IARU Internship Reflection

The first time I got interested in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing was after reading some articles and books written by Professor Sarah Harper. As a master’s student in Comparative ...


The Asian Active Ageing Index: Findings for Indonesia and Thailand

The speed of population ageing is among the fastest in the member countries of the ASEAN[1], which is a matter of high significance for the social and health care services for older persons. Other ...


Inequalities in the Capabilities of the Elderly in Russia and Planned Extension of Research to China and the Koreas

This blog reports on a recent research report I completed for a project in Moscow on inequalities in medical care and health status of the elderly, as well as plans for the preparation of an equiva...


Technology, ageing, and the importance of including older adults in research

As the the world experiences a global demographic shift towards older adults, we are simultaneously experiencing an unprecedented expansion in technological innovation. Naturally, these two phenome...


Intergenerational fairness (again)

In 2018, the House of Lords appointed the Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision “to consider the long-term implications of Government policy on intergenerational fairne...


Relations significant in aid efforts for older poor people

Owasim Akram’s research focuses on older extreme poor people in Bangladesh. During the spring he spent three months in Oxford as a visiting PhD student to work on his study on factors that in...


Ageing, fashion and health

Why doesn’t the fashion industry pay more attention to the needs and aspirations of older people? This has been a regular cry for as long as I have been studying the dynamics between ageing a...


Rise of Job Insecurity: What Age Groups Are Most Affected?

It is with nostalgia that some generations look back on having had thirty-year careers in the same solid company. The notion of stable, lifelong employment appears to be a relic of the past. It has...


Promoting active ageing in China

The policy discourse on population ageing is often presented as a crisis for our societies, in both developed and developing countries alike. This is particularly the case when considering the poli...


Older workers and the growth of social capital

In the seemingly never-ending conversation about the "future of work," older workers figure prominently. There is growing recognition that enabling older workers to remain economically pr...


IARU Internship Reflection

I came to graduate school with an agenda to effect social change and an open mind to learn from others who share that mission. I am a social worker by training, nearly half way through a dual maste...


Elderly Care: A New Chapter for HR in Japan

Does your employer provide you support to address the elderly care needs of your parents or parents-in-law? How do such policies compare to those of other organisations? In Japan listings of such c...