Preparing for a future where more people live longer is one of society's greatest challenges. The long-term social and economic impact on health and care services as well as on the provision of pensions, annuities and insurance needs a great deal of thought. It will require the best possible understanding of what has been happening and why, and the use of that knowledge to try to narrow the range of uncertainty about future trends.
The Longevity Science Panel was established to bring actuarial science and epidemiology closer together to give us a better chance of understanding the past and the present and what might drive future change. We have produced three previous reports. The first two reports looked at the impact that socio-economic factors and gender differences have on lifespan, at an individual, as well as at a population level. The third report examined the biological aspects of ageing, including advances and potential new developments in this area.
This fourth report examines the opportunities and barriers to the provision of publicly-held data that address the growing needs of an ageing UK population; especially in the areas of pensions, release of housing equity, housing and social care.
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"To enhance our understanding of one of the most important challenges in our society - maintaining and improving the health and wellbeing of our increasingly elderly population."