Future of Ageing 2020: Together for tomorrow
Delivering a better society for all generations
Policy and practice is increasingly polarised by age. And the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resurfaced a young vs old narrative. Yet in an ageing world we need to ensure that society works for all. The impact of longevity on society isn’t just about older people: it will impact everyone. Young and old alike.
Younger people are undoubtedly facing a tough future.
- We know that every girl born today will have a one in three chance of living until she’s 100.
- We know that when she starts work, she will need to save at least 20% of her earnings every year in order to afford a comfortable retirement.
- We know that if she wants to buy her own home, she’ll probably need to wait until she’s over 35, in a relationship and working full time.
But at the same time:
- We know that a retiree today may be increasingly likely to live in poverty as final salary schemes come to an end.
- We know that while an older person today may be living much longer than generations before, they are also spending more time in ill health and
- We know that older people tend to have fewer qualifications than younger and take up fewer opportunities to learn within the workplace.
And we know that across the life course, age discrimination is a barrier to opportunity.
Through this conference we will seek to engage experts, policy makers and practitioners to provoke conversations and pioneer solutions for a society where everyone can thrive, regardless of age. We will explore, for example:
- How can financial services work to support saving among young as well as decumulation in old age?
- Has COVID-19 exacerbated intergenerational divides or brought generations together?
- How can we ensure health systems protect the acute needs of older people whilst also investing in prevention?
- How can we ensure that benefits and tax policy is intergenerationally fair?
- How can we develop “work” and meaningful activity which is attractive for both younger and older workers?
- How can we meet the housing needs of young and old?
- How can policy better recognise that social care is a life-course issue and deliver funding proposals which are fair across generations?
- How can older and younger people work together to address the climate emergency?
Our annual Future of Ageing conferences have been described by delegates as ‘one of the best conferences I have ever attended’. The conferences assemble experts from the fields of health, housing, finance and business to identify the challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing society.
We expect over 200 attendees to join us at the conference, including policymakers; business leaders; charity sector experts; public sector decision makers; local authority staff; academics; and senior journalists.